The NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship provides on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students. Up to nine fellows are placed with state coastal programs every year to provide project assistance to state coastal zone management programs selected by NOAA. This two-year opportunity offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement.
To read about the 2022 projects, visit the Coastal Management Fellowship and Digital Coast Fellowship websites (links are listed under NOAA Web Resources.) Previous fellows have had degrees in environmental studies, natural resource management, marine affairs, marine science, geology, public affairs, communications, social sciences, or regional land management. The most important prerequisite is an interest in coastal issues.
- Eligibility: Any student completing a master’s or other advanced degree from an accredited U.S. university between August 1, 2020, and July 31, 2022. Students must also be U.S. citizens. Students from a broad range of programs are encouraged to apply.
- Funding: The current fellowship salary is $42,000 per year for two years.
- Important Dates: Applications deadline is January 21, 2022 before 5:00PM EST.
- Visit the fellowship website: www.coast.noaa.gov/fellowship
Application Submission & eSeaGrant
Applications must be submitted online via eSeaGrant. If you plan to apply, we recommend registering for eSeaGrant at least two weeks in advance of the deadline. As outlined in the fellowship announcement, VASG cannot accept late applications. Please allow ample time to submit your application.
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. Please reference the fellowship fact sheet and websites for complete instructions.