MASGC offers student fellowships in research, policy, resource management

By: Loretta Leist / Published: Dec 10,  2015

Every December, MASGC advertises three annual NOAA/Sea Grant student fellowship opportunities. We are now seeking students to submit applications.

2016 NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship

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:

  • San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (San Francisco, CA)
  • California Coastal Commission (San Francisco, CA)
  • New York Coastal Management Program (Albany, NY)
  • North Carolina Division of Coastal Management (Morehead City, NC)
  • Washington Coastal Management Program (Olympia, WA)
  • Wisconsin Coastal Management Program (Madison, WI)

Once materials are submitted, a letter of endorsement from the sponsoring Sea Grant program director (LaDon Swann in our case) is needed in order to complete your application. An interview with Dr. Swann will be scheduled after applications are received.

The deadline for applying is Jan. 22, 2016. The fellowship would start August 2016.

Click here to download the announcement flyers with application instructions, eligibility requirements, a list of the state projects and project placement, and salary/benefits information. 

Potential candidates are encouraged to contact me or LaDon Swann for more detailed application instructions.


2016 National Marine Fisheries Service - Sea Grant Fellowship in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship in Marine Resource Economics

These two fellowships allow Ph.D. students to closely work with a NOAA Fisheries mentor who will also serve on the student’s academic committee. The goals of the program are:

  1. To encourage qualified applicants to pursue careers in either population and ecosystem dynamics related to living marine resources and stock assessment or in marine resource economics,
  2. To increase available expertise related to these fields,
  3. To foster closer relationships between academic scientist and NOAA Fisheries,
  4. To provide real-world experience to graduate students and accelerate their career development.

The award for each fellowship, contingent upon the availability of federal funds, will be a multi-year cooperative agreement in the amount of $46,000 per year for up to three years. The applicant must be admitted or accepted into to a Ph.D. program at a U.S. university or college. Find more details about the fellowship here.

It is important to work with our Sea Grant program early on in the application process for this opportunity. Please let me know if you know of a candidate so we can guide them through the materials needed. Application materials are due to me by Jan. 29, 2016, and fellowships anticipate starting Aug. 1, 2016.


2017 National Sea Grant College Program Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

The fellowship is funded through the National Sea Grant Office and administered through individual state Sea Grant programs. Knauss Fellows spend a year in marine policy-related positions in the legislative and executive branches of the federal government in Washington D.C.

Past fellows have worked in the offices of U.S. Senators and Representatives, on Congressional subcommittees, and at agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Fellowships run from Feb. 1, 2017, to Jan. 31, 2018, and pay a stipend of $45,000 plus some additional funds for health insurance, moving and fellowship-related activities for a total of $56,500.

Students must be enrolled in a graduate program during the spring semester of 2016 to be eligible.

Applications are due at the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium office Feb. 12, 2016. For application details and information about the Knauss program, visit the National Sea Grant website.

Please contact the MASGC director, LaDon Swann if you know of a potential candidate. Application materials should be sent to Loretta Leist. Once applications are received, candidates will be scheduled to interview with Dr. Swann.

In addition to the above NOAA/Sea Grant Fellowship opportunities, we also advertise opportunities for our partner agencies. At this time the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NAS) Gulf Research Program is accepting applications for the 2016 Early-Career Research and Science Policy Fellowships. Applications are due Feb.17, 2016.


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