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

Population & Ecosystem Dynamics & Marine Resource Economics Fellowship

Applications due by Jan. 25, 2023

The 2023 Sea Grant Graduate Fellowship in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics is open for submissions by interested students. The fellowships are available to U.S. citizens who are graduate students enrolled in PhD degree programs at an accredited university in the United States or its territories in population dynamics, ecosystem dynamics, resource or environmental economics, or a related field such as wildlife biology, fishery biology, natural resource management, marine biology, quantitative ecology, applied mathematics, applied statistics, or simulation modeling.

Alternatively, a prospective fellow may submit a signed letter from the institution indicating provisional acceptance to a Ph.D. degree program conditional on obtaining financial support such as this fellowship.

Sea Grant and National Marine Fisheries Service 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, 2023.  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 (Connecticut Sea Grant if you are a student in Connecticut) by January 25, 2023 by 5 p.m. ET.  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.
A student guide to the NMFS-Sea Grant fellowship can be found here.
A general student applicant guide to Sea Grant fellowships can be found here.
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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.

2023 Coastal Management Fellowship

Applications due by Jan. 27, 2023

NOAA is recruiting candidates for the 2023 Coastal Management Fellowship Program.  This program’s mission is to provide on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students and to provide project assistance to state coastal zone management agencies. The five fellowship positions start in August 2023 and are available with the coastal programs in Connecticut, Maine, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Washington, and with the Coastal States Organization. Eligibility requirements, descriptions of the projects, and guidance on how to apply can be found on our website and in the attached information.

For the 2023 fellowship, applicants must be U.S. citizens who have completed or will complete a master’s or other advanced degree at an accredited U.S. university between August 1, 2021, and July 31, 2023. A broad range of degrees are applicable to the fellowship because the projects are varied among the host organizations. This two-year opportunity offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement.

Learn more about the program on this fact sheet.

Application packages must be submitted to the Sea Grant office in the state where you received your degree by Friday, January 27, 2023.

2024 National Sea Grant College Program Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

Submission Deadline: 5PM local time (ET) February 16, 2023

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 February 1, 2024. Each award will be $68,000 for salary/stipend and personnel expenses as well as additional 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.

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

A Knauss Fellowship fact sheet can be found 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 5:00 pm (ET) local time February 16, 2023. 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.

CTSG Undergraduate Research Fellowship opportunity for summer 2022

          The submission deadline has passed. Please read about the fellowship below and check back for the 2023 opportunity.

          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, U.S. military veterans, members of the LGBTQ community and students with disabilities are encouraged to seek a 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 an independent project under the guidance of a project mentor. The application process requires submission of a mentor-proposed natural or social science-based project and a student nomination for the research fellowship. The proposed 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 2018-2023, which can be accessed at: https://seagrant.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/1985/2020/11/CTSG-strategic-plan-2018-2023-final_optimized.pdf. 

          The complete Call and Guidance on how to apply can be found here: https://seagrant.uconn.edu/funding/fellowships/

          Read about previous recipients of the CTSG Undergraduate Research Fellowship. 

          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

          Coastal & Marine Economics Graduate Fellowship Program 2022-23

          The application deadline has passed. Please read about the fellowship below and check back for the 2023-24 opportunity.

          The Connecticut Sea Grant Coastal and Marine Economics Graduate Fellowship Program was established to 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.

          Interested applicants can find full application, submission and evaluation guidance here.

          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 2022-23 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 2022-23 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 2022 and spring 2023 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.

          Read about the candidate selected as the first CTSG Marine and Coastal Economics Fellow 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


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

          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.


          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.