NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship

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The NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship was established 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. Up to nine fellows are placed with state coastal programs every year. 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. Coastal Management Fellows work on substantive state-level coastal resource management issues that pertain to federal management policies and regulations.

    Fellowship questions?

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

    Who's eligible? 

    Any U.S. citizen who will complete a master’s or other advanced degree in natural resource management or environmental-related studies at an accredited U.S. university is eligible. Students from a broad range of environmental programs are encouraged to apply. Students who are not U.S. citizens or who attend non-U.S. institutions are not eligible. The most important prerequisite is an interest in coastal issues. A variety of degrees are applicable to the fellowship because the projects are new and different each year.

    Length of Fellowship

    2-year fellowship (starting August 1 annually)


    Competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement

      Application Process

      Application deadline: January 26, 2024 by 5 p.m. to NH Sea Grant or local Sea Grant office.

      Applicants are strongly encouraged to reach out to NH Sea Grant Program one to two months prior to the application deadline to receive application support and provide notification of an intent to apply. The applicant should allow sufficient time to schedule an interview with NH Sea Grant's Director, Erik Chapman.

      To apply: Applications to the national competition must come from Sea Grant programs, not individual applicants. Applications to NH Sea Grant must be submitted via email to

      View Detailed Application Instructions

      All applications must include the following items:

      1. Resume or curriculum vitae (not to exceed two pages using 12 point font).
      2. Statement of the applicant’s goals with emphasis on what the applicant expects from and can contribute to the fellowship experience. This should also include how the fellowship can help reach goals that may be difficult to reach without the fellowship opportunity. Include any obstacles that have been overcome to reach this point in your academic career (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.

      Any additional materials submitted will not be considered in the selection process. If you are selected as a finalist, an additional writing sample will be requested.

      Sponsor: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management

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