CoastWise FAQs

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The application period for the 2021-22 CoastWise cohort is now closed. Applications will be accepted for the next cohort in spring 2022.

If you work on topics related to coastal resiliency and natural resource management in New Hampshire, you are eligible to apply. Applications are welcomed from highly qualified undergraduates, those with associate degrees and/or trade school degrees, recent college graduates, and early master's students, Ph.D. students, post-docs, and early or mid-career faculty, agency staff, non-profit employees, and others.  

There are no requirements for specific disciplinary training – anyone from a discipline that seeks to address challenges around coastal resiliency and resource management is eligible to apply. This includes but is not limited to government employees (municipal, state, federal, tribal), academic and research institutions, non-profits, consulting firms, post-secondary students (trade schools, undergraduate, graduate), etc. 

No, CoastWise is not just for those working on research. Designed to build new skills and stronger networks, CoastWise seeks to cultivate an engaged and diverse workforce to better tackle the challenges facing our coasts (including upland watersheds). This includes participants from across disciplinary backgrounds and working in a range of settings on a range of topics. 

Through a series of three in-person workshops and four additional webinars, CoastWise participants will learn from program trainers and their colleagues. Workshop themes cover:  

  1. Gulf of Maine context,  
  2. Land-to-Sea social and ecological connections, and  
  3. Coastal resilience and healthy coastal ecosystems.  

Each workshop includes a combination of field trips and issue overviews (e.g. fishing and aquaculture, restoration, river management, etc.), skill building (e.g. facilitation, communication, project design, etc.), and networking opportunities with partner organizations.

For our inaugural 2021-2022 program, we anticipate accepting 16 participants.

Yes, anyone can apply regardless of their school or employment status. 

Participants commit to attending three in-person workshops over the course of a year as well as four online webinars. Dates for webinars will be set with input from accepted participants. Dates for in person workshops are as follows: 

  • SESSION 1: Mon-Wed August 16-18, 2021; location: Appledore Island  
  • SESSION 2: Fri-Sun January, 7-9, 2022; location: TBD (central New Hampshire)
  • SESSION 3: Fri-Sun June 24-26, 2022; location: TBD (seacoast New Hampshire)

There may be limited suggested readings or other opportunities participants are encouraged to complete outside of these set events. 

For its inaugural 2021-2022 program, CoastWise is free to participants due to grant funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s National Sea Grant College Program, the University of New Hampshire, and Dartmouth College. 

Participants will need to provide their own transportation to the in-person workshops, but all other costs will be covered. 

The workshops will be organized and facilitated by New Hampshire Sea Grant staff with a range of training modules provided by experts in their topic areas. 

At this time we are not offering any formal certificate or continuing education credits, but we are happy to explore options if you need this in order to participate.  We will provide a certificate of completion at the end of the course. Please contact CoastWise.Info@unh.edu if you’d like to discuss further. 

All three workshops are designed to be in-person at this time. We will be following a combination of the latest CDC guidelines, New Hampshire state guidelines, University of New Hampshire guidelines on public programs, and any additional requirements of our host sites for workshops. Because these factors are changing and evolving, please contact us for the latest protocols.  

While the University of New Hampshire does not currently require the COVID-19 vaccine, we encourage every eligible member of our community to be vaccinated. 

We also recognize that some participants may have extenuating circumstances and we can to work to accommodate specific individual needs for virtual participation. Please contact CoastWise.Info@unh.edu if you’d like to discuss further. 

For persons with disabilities requiring accommodations, please contact CoastWise.Info@unh.edu. Our goal is to ensure that all interested participants have the accommodations they need to participate in CoastWise. 

Our goal is to ensure that all interested participants are able to participate in CoastWise. Please contact CoastWise.Info@unh.edu if you’d like to discuss. 

The application period for CoastWise takes place in spring, and all applicants are notified in mid-June. 

Please contact CoastWise.Info@unh.edu if you have further questions.