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

2021 National Sea Grant College Program Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

Submission Deadline: 5 p.m. ET Feb. 21, 2020

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. Connecticut Sea Grant is now accepting applications from graduate students for the one-year period anticipated to begin on Feb. 1, 2021.

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 no later than 5 p.m. local time on Feb. 21, 2020. 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

Open: Apply to CTSG by 5 p.m. ET January 30, 2020

The fellowships are available to U.S. citizens who are graduate students enrolled in Ph.D. 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 three years of support.

Sea Grant and NMFS, with required institutional matching funds, expect to award one Ph.D. fellowship in marine resource economics to a highly qualified graduate student for up to three years in the amount of $48,000 per year, commencing August 1, 2020.  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 participating NMFS Science Centers or Laboratories 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 5:00 PM ET, January 30, 2020. 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 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

Open: Apply to CTSG by 5 p.m. ET January 30, 2020

The fellowships are available to U.S. citizens who are graduate students enrolled in Ph.D. degree programs in academic institutions in the United States and its territories. Ph.D. candidates interested in careers related to the marine ecosystem and population dynamics, with a focus on modeling and managing systems of living marine resources can receive up to three years of funding.

Sea Grant and NMFS, with required institutional matching funds, expect to support up to three new fellows in population and ecosystem dynamics in the amount of $48,000 per year, to commence August 1, 2020.  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 participating NMFS Science Centers or Laboratories 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. ET, January 30, 2020. 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 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

Application Deadline: 5 p.m. EST Jan. 17, 2020 submitted to the CT Sea Grant Program

The NOAA Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowships were established to provide on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students. These two-year fellowship opportunities match postgraduate students with state coastal resource agencies and non-profit organizations  to work on coastal projects proposed by the state and selected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management.

Any U.S. citizen who will complete a master's or other advanced degree in natural resource management or environmental-related studies at an accredited U.S. university between January 1, 2019, and July 31, 2020 is eligible. Students from a broad range of environmental programs are encouraged to apply. Students from non-U.S. institutions are not eligible.

Each Sea Grant director may submit up to three applications for review by NOAA. From the nominations submitted, 18 finalists will be selected by a selection panel. Final decisions will be made by March 13, 2020, and all applicants will be notified of the decision by the end of the following week.

A workshop to match hosts with fellows will take place in Charleston, S.C., from April 27 to May 1, 2020. Before the workshop begins, each of the 18 finalists will receive a packet of information detailing the fellowship projects, each of the host organizations, and the background of the area of assignment. No contact between prospective hosts and finalists should be made prior to the placement workshop.

The finalists will be brought to the workshop at the expense of the NOAA Office for Coastal Management for final interviews and placement. Each of the selected host organizations will send the fellow mentor to the placement workshop. The workshop will consist of program orientation, project presentations given by the hosts, finalist presentations, finalist and host interviews, and fellow matching. Of the 18 finalists selected in 2020, six will be placed with a state coastal program and three will be placed with a Digital Coast Partner.

How to Apply

Application packages must be submitted to the Sea Grant program office in the state where you earned your degree by January 17, 2020. Each Sea Grant program office may select and forward up to three applications to the NOAA Office for Coastal Management for review. Applicants from states not served by a Sea Grant program office should contact the Office’s fellowship coordinator for more information on submitting an application (contact information is below).

For Connecticut graduates/applicants:

Please submit applications to Connecticut Sea Grant, 1080 Shennecossett Rd., Groton, CT

Attention: CTSG Director Dr. Sylvain De Guise at sylvain.deguise@uconn.edu

For further information:

A pdf of the 2020 Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowship announcement can be accessed here.

An accessible pdf of the 2020 Coast Management and Digital Coast Fellowship announcement can be accessed here. 

A pdf of information about Sea Grant office nomination packages for the Coastal Management and Digital Coast fellowships can be accessed here.

An accessible pdf of information about Sea Grant office nomination packages for the Coastal Management and Digital Coast fellowships can be accessed here. 

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.

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