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

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

The 2022  NOAA Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship application period is now open. The submission deadline is 5 p.m. Feb. 19, 2021.

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. Information on those chosen for the 2021 Knauss fellowship can be found here.

CTSG is now accepting applications from graduate students for the one-year period anticipated to begin on Feb. 1, 2022. Each award will be funded up to a total of $84,000 in federal funding, which includes $61,500 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 quick guide to the fellowship program can be found here. 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. on Feb. 19, 2021. 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, (syma.ebbin@uconn.edu) for additional information.

National Marine Fisheries Service fellowship program program

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

Open: Apply to CTSG by 5 p.m. ET January 26, 2021

For 2021, 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, 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, 2021.  Subject to available funding, fellows will receive an annual award up to $63,600 per year. 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.

Applications are due to the applicant’s local state Sea Grant program by 5 p.m. ET, January 26, 2021. 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. Download the Quick Reference Guide for the Fellowship in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics HERE. (You need the free Adobe Reader to read these.)

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

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

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.