This opportunity is now closed.

What is it?

  • A fellowship established to provide on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students.
  • A two-year opportunity that offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and relocation and travel expense reimbursement.
  • A program that matches postgraduate students with state coastal resource agencies to work on coastal projects proposed by the state and selected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management.

Who is eligible?

• Any student completing a master’s or other advanced degree in natural resource management or environmental-related studies from an accredited U.S. university between January 1, 2018, and July 31, 2019.
• Students from a broad range of environmental programs are encouraged to apply.
• Application packages are due to your local Sea Grant director by January 18, 2019. Florida applicants must submit all application materials by email to Melissa Macarages, Florida Sea Grant executive assistant at mmacarages@ufl.edu.

Where can you get information?

• Contact the Office’s fellowship coordinator at ocm.fellowships@noaa.gov
• Visit the fellowship website at www.coast.noaa.gov/fellowship
• Contact Karl Havens, Florida Sea Grant director at khavens@ufl.edu

Fellow eligibility and selection

Any student completing a master’s or other advanced degree program in natural resource management or environment-related studies at an accredited U.S. university between January 1, 2018, and July 31, 2019, is eligible to apply for the Coastal Management Fellowship. Students from a broad range of environmental programs are encouraged to apply. Students from non-U.S. institutions are not eligible. All applications must include the following items:

1. Resume or curriculum vitae (not to exceed two pages using 12 pt. font).
2. Statement of the applicant’s goals with emphasis on what the applicant expects from and can contribute to the fellowship experience (500 words or less).
3. Two letters of recommendation, including one from the applicant’s principal professor. If no principal professor exists, the faculty member who is most familiar with the applicant’s academic work may be substituted.
4. Unofficial copies of all undergraduate and graduate student transcripts.

How to Apply

Application packages must be submitted to Florida Sea Grant Executive Assistant Melissa Macarages (mmacarages@ufl.edu) by January 18, 2019. 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).

Download the application packet information here.

Selection of Finalists

From the nominations submitted by Sea Grant directors, 12 finalists will be selected by a selection panel. Final decisions will be made by March 15, 2019, and all applicants will be notified of the decision by the end of the following week.

Placement of Fellows

A workshop to match states with fellows will take place in Charleston, South Carolina, April 29 to May 3, 2019. Before the workshop begins, each of the 12 finalists will receive a packet of information detailing the coastal management projects, each of the host agencies, 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 states will send the fellow mentor to the placement workshop. The workshop will consist of a fellowship orientation program, host state project proposal presentations, finalist presentations, finalist and host state interviews, and fellow matching. Of the 12 finalists selected in 2019, six will be placed with a host state.

Coastal Management Projects: 

For further information, please visit the fellowship website at coast.noaa.gov/fellowship or contact:

Coastal Management Fellowship Program
NOAA Office for Coastal Management
2234 South Hobson Avenue
Charleston, SC 29405-2413
Email: ocm.fellowships@noaa.gov