“I was just really interested in what my science means for the people who are affected by it,” Williamson said. “This fellowship gave me an opportunity to do that, while still keeping me plugged into climate science and coastal hazards and the intersection of science and people.”

– SHANNA W.
Virginia Institute of Marine Science

NOAA Office for Coastal Management

Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowship Programs

Application Deadline: January 21, 2022 by 11:59 PM

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. 

 

Fostering a Safe and Welcome Community

VASG is committed to building inclusive research, extension, communication, and education programs that serve people from diverse backgrounds, circumstances, needs, perspectives, and ways of thinking. Diversity includes, but is not limited to, age, disability and/or health status, ethnicity, gender identity, geographic origin, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and/or veteran status. 

VASG does not tolerate any form of misconduct, discrimination or harassment, including sexual harassment, or sexual misconduct (e.g. sexual assault within its organization, at awardee organizations, field sites, meetings, or anywhere VASG-funded research, outreach and education are conducted).

Eligibility and Fellowship Information

Eligibility

Any U.S. citizen who will complete a master’s or other advanced degree at an accredited U.S. university between August 1, 2020, and July 31, 2022, is eligible to apply for the Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowships. Students from a broad range of programs are encouraged to apply. A variety of degrees are applicable to the fellowship because the projects are new and different each year. Application packages must be submitted to the Sea Grant program office in the state where you earned your degree. Only graduates from Virginia institutions may submit their fellowship proposal through VASG.

Fellowship Timeline

Friday, January 21, 2022
Applications due from candidates to their local Sea Grant

Friday, February 18, 2022
Endorsements due from Sea Grant

Friday, March 18, 2022
Finalists selected

Monday-Friday, April 18 to 22, 2022
Matching workshop presentations – virtual

Monday-Friday, April 25 to 29, 2022
Matching workshop interviews in Charleston

Monday, August 1, 2022
Fellowship begins

Friday, January 21, 2022

Friday, February 18, 2022

Friday, March 18, 2022

Monday-Friday, April 18 to 22, 2022

Monday-Friday, April 25 to 29, 2022

Monday, August 1, 2022

Applications due from candidates to their local Sea Grant

Endorsements due from Sea Grant

Finalists selected

Matching workshop presentations – virtual

Matching workshop interviews in Charleston

Fellowship begins

The NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship was established in 1996 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.

Fellowship at a Glance

  • 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 

How to Apply

Application packages must be submitted to the Sea Grant program office in the state where you earned your degree by January 21, 2022. Each Sea Grant program office may select and forward up to four applications to NOAA for review. In order to increase diversity in the fellowship, Sea Grant may submit one additional application from a candidate who attended a minority serving institution, for a total of five. The fifth nomination spot is reserved solely for minority serving institution candidates. 

Intent to Apply

Applicants are strongly encouraged to reach out to the Sea Grant program in their state/territory at least one month prior to the state application deadline to receive application support and provide notification of intent to apply.

All eligible applicants, enrolled at a Virginia institution, who are planning to apply, are strongly encouraged to contact VASG at vasg@vaseagrant.org to indicate their interest in the fellowship, and discuss the application process.

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.

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