Fellowships and Scholarships

Sea Grant sponsors a variety of marine research, outreach and education projects, primarily through the 33 state Sea Grant Programs.

The National Sea Grant office offers several fellowship opportunities for graduate students with an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources, including the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. In addition, there are often other federal and state-fellowships in the field of marine science.

Current Fellowship and Scholarship Opportunities

Undergraduate research fellowship opportunity 2020

The Connecticut Sea Grant Undergraduate Research Fellowship seeks to broaden participation of underrepresented/underserved students in marine and coastal professions by providing early career experience, training and mentorship to the next generation of scientists, decision makers and marine industry professionals.

The program will do so by funding a research fellowship for up to two undergraduate students who represent the social diversity of the communities of Connecticut. Underrepresented minorities and socioeconomically disadvantaged students as well as students of color, indigenous students, members of the LGBTQ community and students with disabilities are encouraged to seek a research mentor with whom to apply for this opportunity.

Up to two fellowships, each with a $5,000 stipend, will be offered this summer to enable selected students to conduct independent research under the guidance of a research mentor. The application process requires submission of a mentor-proposed natural or social science-based research project and a student nomination for the research fellowship. The research project must be completed in nine weeks over the summer, and be focused on a coastal, marine or watershed issue relevant to the Connecticut Sea Grant Strategic Plan for 2018-2021, which can be accessed at: http://seagrant.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/1985/2017/04/CTSG-strategic-plan-2018-2021.pdf.

Submission deadline for the 2020 program has passed. Read about the students chosen for the 2020 fellowship at: https://seagrant.uconn.edu/?p=6543.

The complete Call and Guidance on how to apply can be found here.

For more information: see https://seagrant.uconn.edu/funding/fellowships/, or contact:

Dr. Syma A. Ebbin, research coordinator

Connecticut Sea Grant College Program

The University of Connecticut

1080 Shennecossett Road

Groton, CT 06340-6048

Tel: (860) 405-9278; Fax: (860) 405-9109

E-mail: syma.ebbin@uconn.edu

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

The NOAA Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship application period is now closed. Please check back in October or November 2020 for the 2022 cohort application. Learn about the 2021 Knauss fellows here.

Established in 1979, the Knauss Fellowship provides a unique educational experience to graduate students who have an interest in ocean and coastal resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources.

The program matches highly qualified graduate students with “hosts” in the legislative and executive branch of government located in the Washington, D.C., area for a one-year paid fellowship. During the new application period, Connecticut Sea Grant will accept applications from graduate students for a one-year period that will begin in 2022.

Each award will be funded up to a total of $74,000 in federal funding, which includes up to $15,000 for office-related travel. In certain circumstances additional office-related travel funding may be available.

For more detailed information please look at the Knauss Fellowship website: https://seagrant.noaa.gov/Knauss-Fellowship-Program.

Interested students should discuss this fellowship with the Connecticut Sea Grant Director, Dr. Sylvain De Guise (sylvain.deguise@uconn.edu). A copy of the RFP can be obtained here.

For more information, contact the National Sea Grant Office, at: OAR.SG.Fellows@noaa.gov. Complete applications must be submitted to the CTSG office. Those intending to apply should contact the CTSG director (sylvain.deguise@uconn.edu) as early as possible in the application process.

Please contact Dr. Syma Ebbin at the CTSG office, (860) 405-9278 for additional information.

Two National Marine Fisheries Service fellowship programs

NMFS – Sea Grant Graduate Fellowship Programs in Marine Resource Economics

The application process is now closed. Please check back for the announcement of the 2021 fellowship programs.

Download the RFP for the Fellowship in Marine Resource Economics HERE. (You need the free Adobe Reader to read these.) For more information, contact the NMFS Sea Grant Fellowship Program Manager 301-734-1083;  1315 East West Hwy, R/SG, Room 11877, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3281, or OAR.SG.Fellows@noaa.gov; or refer to:  https://seagrant.noaa.gov/NMFS-SG-Fellowship.

NMFS – Sea Grant Graduate Fellowship Programs in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics

The application process is now closed. Please check back for the announcement of the 2021 fellowship programs.

Download the RFP for the Fellowship in Marine Resource Economics HERE. (You need the free Adobe Reader to read these.) For more information, contact the NMFS Sea Grant Fellowship Program Manager 301-734-1083;  1315 East West Hwy, R/SG, Room 11877, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3281, or OAR.SG.Fellows@noaa.gov; or refer to:  https://seagrant.noaa.gov/NMFS-SG-Fellowship.

NOAA Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowships

The NOAA Office for Coastal Management has decided to pause the Coastal Management Fellowship program and not select a new class of fellows in 2021.

This decision was very hard to make but driven by a number of significant factors. The NOAA office is looking forward to supporting a new class of fellows, with enhanced programming, in 2022.

Please visit the fellowship website at http://coast.noaa.gov/fellowship or contact the fellowship coordinator at ocm.fellowships@noaa.gov   or contact Dr. Syma Ebbin syma.ebbin@uconn.edu (860) 405-9278. Additional information regarding other fellowship opportunities  may be found on the Connecticut Sea Grant web site at:  https://seagrant.uconn.edu/funding/fellowships/.

Applications closed for NOAA scholarships for oceanic and atmospheric science students 

The application period for the NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship and Educational Partnership Program (EPP) Undergraduate Scholarship is now closed.

Please check back for an announcement about the new round of scholarships.

For information, visit: NOAA Undergraduate Scholarships. Or follow #NOAAScholars via NOAA Education social media:  Facebook & Twitter. For inquiries, please contact: StudentScholarshipPrograms@noaa.gov.