Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

Applications due Feb. 22, 2019. The Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship provides a unique educational experience to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources.

  • Discover what marine policy is all about

  • Make valuable professional connections

  • Learn how laws and regulations are formed and implemented

  • Understand how science research is prioritized and funded

  • Learn to communicate science issues 

  • Improve leadership skills on a national level

Fellowships run from Feb. 1, 2020, to Jan. 31, 2021, and pay a stipend of $47,500 plus additional funds for health insurance, moving and fellowship-related activities such as travel. Get full details about the fellowship.

Here are what some former Knauss fellows are saying:

“The Knauss Fellowship introduced me to a variety of organizations, agencies and even ideas that have proven important to my current research endeavors.”
-Andy Coleman, program director, Birmingham Audubon Society

“The Knauss Fellowship is ideal, not just for marine science students, but for students with backgrounds in law, engineering, planning, invasive species, hydrology, social science and more. There is a wide variety of opportunities to choose from.”
-Rochelle Plutchak, communications specialist (contractor), NOAA Research

“As a Knauss Fellow within the National Marine Fisheries Service, I had the privilege of joining a team of dedicated marine conservationists, and I gained direct experience in the development and implementation of marine fisheries policy. Not only was I treated as an equal team member, but I was given the opportunity to serve as a leader on several projects that I was able to see from start to finish.”
-Clifford Hutt, research associate (contractor), NOAA Fisheries


NOAA Fisheries/Sea Grant Fellowship Program

Application deadline is Jan. 30, 2019. In 1999, NOAA National Sea Grant Office and NOAA Fisheries established a Graduate Fellowship Program in two specialized areas: marine resource economics and population and ecosystem dynamics. Population and ecosystem dynamics involves the study of fish populations and marine ecosystems to better assess fishery stock conditions and dynamics.

The fellowships are for Ph.D. candidates.

As a fellow, you would be required to work closely with an expert (mentor) from NOAA Fisheries who will serve on your academic committee. Your mentor may also provide access to research data sources and to working/laboratory space in a NOAA Fisheries research facility and/or research vessel, if appropriate.

The population and ecosystem dynamics fellowship program expects to award at least three new (up to three-year) Ph.D. fellowships in 2020 to students who are interested in careers related to marine ecosystem and population dynamics, with a focus on modeling and managing systems of living marine resources. The emphasis will be on the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing marine ecosystems, for assessing the status of fish, invertebrate and other targeted species stocks and for assessing the status of marine mammals, seabirds and other protected species.

The marine resource economics fellowship program expects to award two new Ph.D., two-year fellowships in 2020 to students who are interested in careers related to the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing the economics of the conservation and management of living marine resources. Fellows will work on thesis problems of public interest and relevance to National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)

The award for each fellowship, contingent upon the availability of federal funds. You must be a currently enrolled Ph.D. student in a U.S. university or college to apply, and you must be a U.S. citizen. 

Contact Research Coordinator Loretta Leist for application information.


NOAA Coastal Management/Digital Coast Fellowship

The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium announces the 2019 NOAA Coastal Management/Digital Coast Fellowship competition.

Successful candidates of this program will benefit from on-the-job training for two years with a state coastal resource agency project.

Host agencies this year include:

  • Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program (Two Harbors, MN)
  • New Hampshire Coastal Program (Portsmouth, NH)
  • New Jersey Coastal Management Program (Trenton, NJ)
  • New York State Coastal Management Program (Albany, NY)
  • Oregon Coastal Management Program (Portland, OR)
  • Wisconsin Coastal Management Program (Madison, WI)

The fellowship would start August 2019.  

Applications will include: 1) 2-page, 12-point font CV or resume, 2) goal statement (500 words), 3) two letters of recommendation, 4) undergraduate and graduate student transcripts. These items should be emailed to Loretta Leist. Potential candidates are required to contact Loretta Leist for more detailed application instructions such as file formats needed. The deadline for sending in your materials to the Sea Grant office is January 19, 2019.

A letter of endorsement from the sponsoring Sea Grant program director (LaDon Swann in MS or AL) is needed in order to complete your application. An interview with Dr. Swann will be scheduled after your application materials are received. Students from states other than Mississippi or Alabama should contact their local Sea Grant program for alternate instructions.

Please contact Loretta Leist or LaDon Swann with questions.

More info is available here.