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

CTSG Undergraduate Research Fellowship Opportunity

The goal of the Connecticut Sea Grant (CTSG) Undergraduate Research Fellowship is 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 application deadline is March 14, 2022. Fellowship selections will be announced in mid-April. The fellowships will start on May 30 and end on Aug. 19.

The program will fund research fellowships for up to two undergraduate students who represent the human social diversity of the communities of Connecticut. Underrepresented minorities and socioeconomically disadvantaged students as well as students of color, indigenous students, U.S. military veterans, members of the LGBTQ community and students with disabilities are encouraged to seek a Proposed Project 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 Proposed Project 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 project must be completed over the summer, and be focused on a coastal, marine or watershed issue relevant to the Connecticut Sea Grant Strategic Plan for 2018-2023, which can be accessed at: https://seagrant.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/1985/2020/11/CTSG-strategic-plan-2018-2023-final_optimized.pdf.

With this call, CTSG solicits project proposals and student nominees from Proposed Project Mentors affiliated with a Connecticut-based college, university, or non-profit educational/research institution. The Proposed Project Mentor will be responsible for providing the nominated student with resources, guidance and mentoring to undertake a meaningful natural or social science-based or policy-related fellowship project. Prospective Proposed Project Mentors should nominate students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and/or individuals from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. Student Nominees must have completed at least one year at an accredited two- or four-year university or college in Connecticut and submit a statement of interest as part of the application process.

More information on applications and eligibility and responsibilities for mentors and applicants can be found here (pdf version) and here (Word version) or by contacting:

Dr. Syma A. Ebbin, research coordinator, CTSG College Program: syma.ebbin@uconn.edu.

Read about previous recipients of the CTSG Undergraduate Research Fellowship. 

          2023 National Sea Grant College Program Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

          Submission Deadline: 5 p.m. (ET) February 18, 2022

          The NOAA Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship application period is now open.

          The Knauss Fellowship, established in 1979, 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.

          CTSG is now accepting applications from graduate students for the one-year period anticipated to begin on February 1, 2022. Each award will be funded up to a total of $89,000 in federal funding, which includes $71,500 for salary/stipend and funding for allowable expenses and office-related travel.

          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 no later than 5 p.m. (ET) on February 18, 2022. Those intending to apply should contact the CTSG Director (sylvain.deguise@uconn.edu) as early as possible in the application process.

          A student guide to the Knauss Fellowship program can be found here.

          A student applicant guide to the Knauss Fellowship can be found here.

          View a slide show about the Knauss program here.

          Please contact Dr. Syma Ebbin at the CTSG office, (syma.ebbin@uconn.edu) for additional information.

          National Marine Fisheries Service fellowship program program

          2022 NMFS – Sea Grant Graduate Fellowship Program in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics

          Formerly two separate fellowships, the disciplines of Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics have been combined into a single fellowship opportunity. The fellowships are available to U.S. citizens who are graduate students enrolled in PhD degree programs in academic institutions in the United States and its territories. Ph.D. candidates with research focused on modeling and managing systems of living marine resources with an emphasis on quantitative methods for assessing marine ecosystems, stocks of fish, invertebrates and other targeted species  AND/OR quantitative methods for assessing the economics of the conservation and management of living marine resources.

          Sea Grant and NMFS expect to support up to four new Fellows in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and at least one new Fellow in Marine Resource Economics, both commencing August 1, 2022.  Fellows will work on thesis problems of public interest and relevance to NMFS and will be required to work closely with an expert (mentor) from participating NMFS Science Centers or offices. Mentors may provide data for the fellow’s thesis, serve on the fellow’s committee, and/or host an annual summer internship at the participating NMFS facility.

          Eligible interested students must submit application materials to their local state Sea Grant program (CTSG if you are a student in Connecticut) by 5 p.m. ET, January 27, 2022. Those intending to apply should reach out at least one to two months prior to this deadline and contact the Connecticut Sea Grant Research Coordinator, Dr. Syma Ebbin (syma.ebbin@uconn.edu).

          Download the RFP for the Fellowship in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics  HERE. (You need the free Adobe Reader to read this.)

          For more information, contact Dr. Syma Ebbin at syma.ebbin@uconn.edu at the CTSG office or the NMFS Sea Grant Fellowship Program Manager by email at  oar.sg.fellows@noaa.gov;  by phone at: 240-507-3712 or refer to:  https://seagrant.noaa.gov/NMFS-SG-Fellowship.

          NOAA Davidson Fellowship

          The application deadline for the latest Environmental Research Fellowship Program has passed. Please revisit this site for information on future fellowships. 

          Graduate students are encouraged to apply for a two-year Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship, which will focus on field research in social or natural sciences within the nation’s diverse estuaries. Students will work with a mentor, fellow scientists, and local communities as the team addresses coastal challenges. The Davidson Fellowship includes networking opportunities and career-readiness training. Apply for one of the 29 fellowships available through the National Estuarine Research Reserve System.


          Coastal & Marine Economics Graduate Fellowship Program 2021-22

          The deadline for 2021-22 fellowship applications has passed. Read about the candidate selected as the first CTSG Marine and Coastal Economics Fellow here.

          The Connecticut Sea Grant Coastal and Marine Economics Graduate Fellowship Program will enable one selected graduate student per year to conduct independent fundamental or applied economic research for one year under the guidance of their academic advisor.

          The purpose of the fellowship is three-fold: (1) advance progress towards the coastal and marine goals of the CTSG 2018-23 Strategic Plan through their individual project, (2) learn about CTSG and engage staff on economic aspects of existing and emerging program needs, and (3) promote a real-world professional development opportunity aimed at enhancing the career goals of the fellow.

          The program will do so by awarding one CTSG Graduate Economics Fellowship for the 2021-22 academic year. The award will consist of a service-free fellowship providing a $20,000 annual stipend (paid monthly). Preference will be given to applications for which the host department will couple the fellowship with a partial or full assistantship that covers the fellow’s graduate tuition and benefits.

          The 2021-22 fellowship is open to graduate students who will be enrolled in an economics-related MS or PhD graduate program in a Connecticut academic institution during the duration of the fellowship (i.e. the fall 2021 and spring 2022 semesters). The fellowship is open to applicants irrespective of their citizenship or nationality, as long as they are enrolled in an eligible graduate program. The successful fellow’s academic advisor must be affiliated with a Connecticut academic institution, with expertise relevant to the proposed research. CTSG is strongly committed to enhancing diversity, equity and inclusivity in higher education and encourages submissions that help achieve those objectives.

          CTSG areas of particular interest: 

          • Valuation of ongoing efforts/sectors relevant to Sea Grant activities, such as valuing recreational fisheries in Connecticut, marsh restoration efforts, etc.
          • Valuation of environmental services
          • Economic analyses of climate change impacts on coastal and marine sectors and ecosystem services in Connecticut
          • Economic and societal impacts derived from Sea Grant activities (market and non-market; jobs and businesses created or sustained)
          • Economic value of coastal and marine habitats and ecosystems.

          A pdf of the complete Call and Guidance on how to apply can be found here.

          A Word document of 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

          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.