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Fellowships to USA Postgraduate Students for Programs Related to Coastal Resource Management

Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowship Program


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U.S. Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
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Important Dates
Deadline: 01/26/24 Save

Grant Description
Fellowships to USA postgraduate students in eligible fields for programs related to the management of coastal resources. Fellows will participate in a two-year educational training program while receiving wages, health benefits, and relocation and travel support. Fellowship participants will work on pre-selected projects in the area of coastal management and digital coastal resources.

The Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowship matching process will take place in two parts in late April 2024. First, program orientation by NOAA, project presentations by the hosts, and presentations by the finalists will be conducted virtually the week before the in-person portion of the matching workshop.

Placement for the Coastal Management Fellowship positions is fully integrated into the placement process with the Digital Coast partner organizations. Candidates will apply to the Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowship program as a whole, and selected candidates will be eligible to interview with both the state coastal programs and the Digital Coast partnership organizations at the fellowship matching workshop.

  • The Coastal Management Fellowship provides 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 NOAA Digital Coast Fellowship provides on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students and to provide technical assistance to help advance the goals of the Digital Coast and its partner organizations.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Any U.S. citizen who will complete a master’s or other advanced degree at an accredited U.S. university between August 1, 2022, and July 31, 2024, is eligible to apply for the Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowships. Students from a broad range of programs are encouraged to apply. A variety of degrees are applicable to the fellowship because the projects are new and different each year.

Previous fellows have had degrees in environmental studies, natural resource management, marine affairs, marine science, geology, public affairs, communications, social sciences, and regional land management. The most important prerequisite is an interest in coastal issues.

Students who are not U.S. citizens or who attend non-U.S. institutions are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information
- Friday, October 13, 2023: Proposals due from hosts
- Wednesday, November 29, 2023: Projects selected
- Friday, January 26, 2024: Applications due from candidates to their local Sea Grant
- Friday, February 23, 2024: Endorsements due from Sea Grant
- Friday, March 22, 2024: Finalists selected
- Late April to early May 2024: Matching workshop presentations - virtual
- Late April to early May 2024: Matching workshop interviews in Charleston
- Thursday, August 1, 2024: Fellowship begins

Applicants from institutions in states not served by a Sea Grant program office should contact the fellowship coordinator for more information on submitting an application.

Host Eligibility and Selection:
Fellowship Timeline:
Coastal Management Fellowship:
Digital Coast Fellowship:

Number of Grants
From the nominations submitted by Sea Grant directors, 20 finalists will be selected by a panel.

Estimated Size of Grant
The current salary is $42,000 per year. In the second year of the fellowship, a locality pay factor may be added to the salary, depending on the location of the fellowship. Other benefits include health insurance, worker’s compensation, relocation stipend, and travel reimbursement.

Term of Contract
Fellowship projects are two years long. For instance, the 2024 fellowship will start in August 2024 and end in August 2026.

Contact Information
Application packages must be submitted to the Sea Grant program office in the state where you earned your degree.

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