Graduate Student Fellowships

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NH Sea Grant is committed to connecting qualified graduate students with opportunities made available by the National Sea Grant College Program and its partners.

In our recent Graduate Fellowship Information Session, NH Sea Grant presented an overview of Sea Grant-related fellowship opportunities specifically for graduate students (Master's and Ph.D.). Info session panelists included representatives of host organizations and students who have been awarded these fellowships. The panelists were available to answer general questions about fellowship programs and specific questions about eligibility, the application process, and student experiences.

GRADUTE FELLOWSHIP INFORMATION SESSION
 

Tuesday, November 17, 2020
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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NH SEA GRANT GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP

New Hampshire Sea Grant's Graduate Research Fellowship provides fellowship funding to support graduate students working in areas related to NHSG’s Strategic Plan Focus Areas. Graduate student applicants and their faculty advisors / Principal Investigators (PIs) must be affiliated with an institution of higher learning or other research institution in New Hampshire with relevant research or educational capability. 

Details about this fellowship are available here »

Application deadline: March 26, 2021 by 5 p.m.


    NOAA & SEA GRANT FELLOWSHIPS (NATIONAL)

    Through its membership in the National Sea Grant College Program and its affiliation with NOAA, New Hampshire Sea Grant provides graduate students attending colleges and universities with a number of fellowship opportunities. These include:


    DEAN JOHN A. KNAUSS MARINE POLICY FELLOWSHIP

    2022 KNAUSS CLASS
     

    Who's eligible? 

    • A student must be enrolled towards a degree in a graduate program at any point between the onset of the 2020 Fall Term (quarter, trimester, semester, etc.) and February 19, 2021;
    • The student’s graduate degree program must be through an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or U.S. Territories; 
    • Students are eligible regardless of nationality; domestic and international students at accredited U.S. institutions may apply; and
    • Applicants must have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources.

    About the fellowship: The Sea Grant Knauss 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. The Fellowship, named after one of Sea Grant's founders, former NOAA Administrator, John A. Knauss, matches highly qualified graduate students with "hosts" in the legislative and executive branch of government located in the Washington, D.C. area, for a one-year paid fellowship.

    Length of fellowship: The length of assignment is one-year (non-renewable). Dates for the '2022 Class' of the Knauss Fellowship are February 1, 2022 - January 31, 2023.

    Application deadline: February 19, 2021 by 5 p.m.

    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.

    Each Sea Grant program may select and forward to the national competition no more than six (6) applicants selected according to criteria listed in the federal funding opportunity.

    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 NH Sea Grant's Director, Dr. Erik Chapman (erik.chapman@unh.edu).

    Sponsor: National Sea Grant College Program

    For more information: 


    NMFS-SEA GRANT FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM IN POPULATION AND ECOSYSTEM DYNAMICS AND MARINE RESOURCE ECONOMICS

    Who's eligible? Any student who is a U.S. citizen and graduate students enrolled in Ph.D. degree programs in academic institutions in the United States and its territories. Only U.S. citizens are eligible to apply.

    About the fellowship: 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 the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Sea Grant and NMFS partner to train students through this joint fellowship program in two specialized areas (which are actually two distict fellowship tracks):

    1. Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellowship: Ph.D. students interested in the population and ecosystem dynamics of living marine resources and the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing their status
    2. Marine Resource Economics Fellowship: Ph.D. students concentrating in marine resource economics, natural resource economics, or environmental economics

    The goals of the NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship Program are: 

    • To encourage qualified applicants to pursue careers in either population and ecosystem dynamics and stock assessment or in marine resource economics 
    • To increase available expertise related to these fields 
    • To foster closer relationships between academic scientists and NOAA Fisheries 
    • To provide real-world experience to graduate students and accelerate their career development

    Length of fellowship: Fellows will work with an expert/mentor from NMFS, and can receive up to three years of funding (exact dates TBA; for reference, the 2020 cohort dates are August 1, 2020 - July 31, 2023).

    Application deadline: January 26, 2021 at 5 p.m.

    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 NH Sea Grant's Director, Dr. Erik Chapman (erik.chapman@unh.edu).

    Sponsor: National Sea Grant College Program and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)

    For more information:


    NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship

    Next offered in 2022. Application info will be available in fall 2021.
     

    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.

    About the fellowship: 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. 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.

    Length of fellowship: This two-year opportunity (exact dates TBA; anticipated to start August 2022) offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement. Coastal Management Fellows work on substantive state-level coastal resource management issues that pertain to federal management policies and regulations.

    Deadline: TBA; deadline is expected to be sometime in January 2022.

    Please note, there will not be a 2021-2023 cohort. Inquiries for the 2022-2024 cohort can be made at any time, but official notice of the 2022 Coastal Management Fellowship opportunity won't be available until fall 2021.

    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 NH Sea Grant's Director, Dr. Erik Chapman (erik.chapman@unh.edu).

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

    For more information: 


    ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITES

    • Margaret A. Davidson Fellowship via NOAA's Office for Coastal Management and the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS): One two-year fellowship opportunity will be available 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. 2022 - 2024 Cohort Call for Applications: Summer 2021.
    • Science Communication Fellowship via California Sea Grant: The science communication fellowship provides a unique educational opportunity for an early career science communicator to gain hands-on experience in marine and coastal science communication. The successful applicant will be placed at California Sea Grant’s office at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, at UC San Diego for a 12-month paid fellowship. Open to graduate students (Masters, PhD or JD) close to degree completion from any U.S. university (not just California). Recent graduates are also eligible. Application deadline: TBA
    • For other opportunites across the Sea Grant network, see the job openings and fellowship opportunities on the National Sea Grant Office's website.