Graduate Fellowship Opportunities
Since 1979, the National Sea Grant College Program has administered one of the nation’s most prestigious marine policy fellowship programs. The Knauss fellowship provides a unique educational and professional experience to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and policy decisions affecting those resources. The program matches fellows with “hosts” in the legislative and executive branches of government for a one-year paid immersive policy experience in the Washington, D.C. area.
Any student, regardless of citizenship, who is enrolled towards a degree in a graduate or professional program, that have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources may apply. The graduate degree needs to be awarded through a United States accredited institution of higher education in the United States or U.S. Territories.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Sea Grant College Program, and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) offer the NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship program, which supports students pursuing doctoral degrees in population and ecosystem dynamics as well as marine resources economics. The program is designed to fulfill workforce development needs identified by the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Services and has provided opportunities for 126 PhD students since 1990.
The NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship was established in 1996 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 programs. The program matches postgraduate students with state coastal zone programs to work on projects proposed by the state and selected by the fellowship sponsor, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management. This is a two-year opportunity that offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement. Any student who will complete a master's or other advanced degree in natural resource management or environmental-related studies at an accredited U.S. university. Students from a broad range of environmental programs are encouraged to apply. Students from non-U.S. institutions are not eligible.