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Grad students: Apply for these fellowships

By: Melissa Schneider / Published: Jan 11,  2019

It’s fellowship season here at Sea Grant.

We are accepting applications for four NOAA fellowships. The fellowships are open to graduate students, and the application deadlines are nearing! All of of the deadlines are in January or February.

Students apply through our program for fellowships that are in several different locations from Washington, D.C., to Oregon.

Here’s what’s available:

Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

Fellows in this program spend a year in Washington, D.C., working in a legislative office (think senators, legislative committees) or an executive office (think NOAA, EPA). The fellows focus on ocean and coastal resource issues. The fellowship runs from Feb. 1, 2020, to Jan. 31, 2021.


A former class of Knauss fellows pose for a photo during their one-year fellowship in Washington, D.C.
A former class of Knauss fellows pose for a photo during their one-year fellowship in Washington, D.C.

Application deadline: Feb. 22, 2019

More information: Here’s a link to the funding announcement. (The National Sea Grant Office’s webpage about the fellowship is down because of the government shutdown.)

NOAA Fisheries/Sea Grant Fellowship Program

The NOAA National Sea Grant Office and NOAA Fisheries established this graduate fellowship 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.

These fellowships are for Ph.D. candidates.

Fellows are required to work closely with an expert (mentor) from NOAA Fisheries who will serve on their academic committee. Their mentor may also provide access to research data sources and to working/laboratory space in a NOAA Fisheries research facility and/or research vessel.

The population and ecosystem dynamics fellowship will emphasize 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. More details

The marine resource economics fellowship program is for 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). More details

NOAA Coastal Management/Digital Coast Fellowship

2019 NOAA Coastal Management/Digital Coast fellows 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)

Any student completing a master’s or other advanced degree in natural resource management or environmental-related studies from an accredited U.S. university between Jan. 1, 2018, and July 31, 2019, is eligible.

The fellowship would start August 2019.  

Potential candidates must contact Loretta Leist for more detailed application instructions.

The deadline for sending application materials to the Sea Grant office is Jan. 19, 2019.

More info is available here.

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