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

Applications sought for NOAA Sea Grant Knauss marine policy fellowship

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 branches of government located in the Washington, D.C., area, for a one-year paid fellowship.

Connecticut Sea Grant is now accepting applications from graduate students for the one-year period anticipated to begin on Feb. 1, 2019. The CTSG program provides $47,500 to each fellow for salary/stipend. An additional $14,000 is available for other allowable expenses, which include: fringe benefits, travel expenses for placement week, health insurance, moving expenses and academic- and fellowship-related travel costs.  For more information please visit the Knauss Fellowship website. Interested students should discuss this fellowship with the CTSG Director Sylvain De Guise. A copy of the RFP can be obtained here.

Additional information can also be obtained by contacting the National Sea Grant Office at: OARS.SG.Fellows@noaa.gov. Complete applications must be submitted to the CTSG office no later than 5 p.m. (EST) on Feb. 23, 2018. Those intending to apply should call the director as early as possible in the application process.

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

NMFS fellowships in marine resource economics available

Applications for the National Marine Fisheries Service - Sea Grant Graduate Fellowship Program in Marine Resource Economics are due to Connecticut Sea Grant by 5 p.m. Jan. 26, 2018.

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. students 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 can receive two years of funding.

Sea Grant and NMFS, with required institutional matching funds, expect to support two new fellows in Marine Resource Economics in the amount of $46,000 per year, to commence Aug. 1, 2018. Fellows will work on thesis problems of public interest and relevance to NMFS under the guidance of NMFS mentors at participating NMFS science centers or laboratories. Fellows will have summer internships at these institutions and may work, as necessary, at the participating NMFS facility during some or all of the academic year at the mutual discretion of mentor, faculty adviser, and fellow.

Applications are due to the applicant’s local state Sea Grant program by 5 p.m. EST on Jan. 26, 2018. Those intending to apply should contact the Connecticut Sea Grant Research Coordinator, Dr. Syma Ebbin.

Download the RFP for the Fellowship in Marine Resource Economics here: NOAA-OAR-SG-2018-2005450-Full-Announcement.pdf. (You need the free Adobe Reader to read these.) For more information, contact: OAR.SG.Fellows@noaa.gov


NOAA scholarships for oceanic and atmospheric science students available

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced the availability of scholarships for undergraduate students majoring in disciplines related to oceanic and atmospheric science, research, or technology, and supportive of the purposes of NOAA’s programs and mission. Over 100 students are selected each year for participation in the Ernest F. Hollings and Educational Partnership Program scholarship programs.  These scholarships include support for two years of undergraduate study and summer internship opportunities at NOAA facilities across the country.

The application deadline is Jan. 31, 2018.

For information on program benefits and how to apply, visit: