Graduate Student Fellowships

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Through our membership in the National Sea Grant College Program and our affiliation with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NH Sea Grant provides graduate students with a number of paid fellowship opportunities in coastal and marine research, management, policy, and related fields.

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Lindsey Williams, Ph.D.
Fellowships Program Leader
NH Sea Grant


2023 Information Session Recording

This Fall 2023 info session offers descriptions of each fellowship opportunity, the application process and deadlines, and Q&A with current and recent fellows. The info session is geared toward prospective applicants. We encourage current graduate students (Master’s or PhD), as well as interested undergraduates and faculty members to watch and learn more. Here is a link to the slide deck from this session.

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2023 NH Sea Grant Graduate Fellowship Info Session

Our Fellowship Opportunities

NHSG-SMSOE Graduate Research Fellowship

The New Hampshire Sea Grant (NHSG) - School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering (SMSOE) Graduate Research Fellowship provides fellowship funding to support graduate students at New Hampshire institutions working in areas related to NHSG's mission, vision, and approaches.

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Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

Sea Grant's John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship provides a unique educational and professional experience to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources.

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Natalie Lord 2023 Knauss Fellow

NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship

The NOAA 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 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.

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NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship Program

The NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship Program in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics is designed to help Sea Grant fulfill its broad educational responsibilities and to strengthen the collaboration between Sea Grant and NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).

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Other Graduate Student Opportunities

New Hampshire CoastWise

Led by NH Sea Grant, CoastWise is  is a year-long, cohort-based immersion program for students and professionals working on coastal resilience and marine resource management issues in the state. 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) to support more engaged and impactful coastal research across disciplines. Applications are accepted each spring, with cohorts announced in June and the first workshop in August.

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Margaret A. Davidson Fellowship

Administered by NOAA's Office for Coastal Management and the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS), the Davidson Fellowship offers a two-year fellowship opportunity at each of the 29 estuarine research reserves nationwide. Through a research project, fellows will address a key coastal management question to help scientists and communities understand coastal challenges that may influence future policy and management strategies.

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Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program

Administered by NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, this scholarship program provides support for master’s and doctoral degrees in oceanography, marine biology, or maritime archaeology—this can include, but is not limited to, ocean and/or coastal: engineering, social science, marine education, marine stewardship, and resource management disciplines—and particularly encourages women and members of minority groups to apply. Scholarship selections are based on academic excellence, letters of recommendations, research and career goals and financial need.

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Presidential Management Fellowship

Administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) program is a flagship leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates, ultimately encouraging and leading to a career in the government and public service.

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AAAS Fellowships

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) offers a number of fellowship opportunities, including fellowships in science policy, community engagement, leadership, etc.

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    Sea Grant Network

    For other opportunities across the national Sea Grant Network, see the job openings and fellowship opportunities on the National Sea Grant Office's website.

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