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Sam Lake
Fellowship & Research Program Coordinator

Coastal Resilience Post-Graduate Fellowship

Fellowship Description

Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) and Clark Nexsen (CN) are now soliciting applications for the Coastal Resilience Post-Graduate Fellowship. This 12-month paid fellowship is intended to provide educational and professional development opportunities for post-graduates interested in becoming leaders in innovative, pre-disaster, resiliency design strategies. The selected fellow will receive on-the-job training related to resilient design or coastal flooding adaptation strategies focused on Hampton Roads.

The Coastal Resilience Post-Graduate Fellow will be partnered with a CN professional mentor relevant to their area of study (e.g., engineering, architecture, GIS, etc.) and will be actively involved in ongoing projects while also having their own dedicated project that spurs collaboration and integration across multiple departments within CN. Throughout the fellowship, the fellow will be afforded the opportunity to partner with local institutions and participate in resilience events with VASG, Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences, Old Dominion University, Wetlands Watch, Hampton Roads Regional Planning Commission, and other members of the Hampton Roads resilience and adaptation community. VASG and CN anticipate supporting one post-graduate fellow starting during the summer of 2018. The selected fellow will have access to a suite of VASG-sponsored professional development activities and will also have opportunities to engage and network with a range of graduate and post-graduate fellows and interns supported by VASG and CN.


Graduate students close to completing their degree who have research experience or training addressing coastal flooding adaptation strategies in areas including, but not limited to: engineering, architecture, landscape architecture, resilient design, planning, policy, law, science, and other relevant fields at a Virginia university or college are eligible to apply. Applicants should demonstrate a strong interest and some experience working on coastal resiliency topics (e.g., coursework, internships, independent study, etc.). Fellows must complete all degree requirements prior to starting the fellowship. The sponsors strongly encourage women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

Award Information

VASG and CN anticipate supporting one post-graduate fellow for the Coastal Resilience Post-Graduate Fellowship. The length of the fellowship assignment is twelve-months and is nonrenewable. The start date may be flexible to accommodate the fellowship recipient and the CN mentor; however, we anticipate a July 10, 2018, start. The Coastal Resilience Post-Graduate Fellow is considered true fellow by VASG and William & Mary, who is placed at a host office (CN's Virginia Beach office). Each fellow will receive $55,000 in stipend support for the twelve-month assignment, and $5,000 for critical expenses (e.g., insurance, if needed) and professional development activities (e.g., travel, registration, or other expenses to participate in conferences, workshops, VASG-sponsored professional development training, etc.).

Tentative Fellowship Competition Timeline

  • Fellowship announcement released: January 2018
  • Applications due to VASG by 5:00 p.m. EST: March 16, 2018
  • Virtual interviews: Late March 2018
  • Notification of finalist(s): Mid-April 2018
  • Selected finalist(s) interview: Mid- to Late-April 2018
  • Fellow notified: Late April 2018
  • Fellowship begins: July 10, 2018

VASG Fellowships are contingent upon the availability and timeliness of federal appropriations.

How to Apply

For full details on the application requirements, and review and selection process, please download the Fellowship Announcement. For additional information on the how to submit your application to VASG and CN, please refer to the Fellowship Announcement and eSeaGrant Instructions, available on this page.

Intent to Apply

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact VASG's Fellowship and Research Program Coordinator, Sam Lake to indicate their interest in the fellowship, discuss the application process, and to schedule an interview.

Application Submission & eSeaGrant

Applications must be submitted online via eSeaGrant ( If you plan to apply, we recommend notifying VASG and registering for eSeaGrant at least two weeks in advance of the deadline. VASG will not accept late applications under any circumstances (e.g., internet delays), so please allow ample time to submit your application in advance of the deadline.

Recommendation Letters

To maintain confidentiality, VASG requires that letters NOT be submitted with the student's application; instead, letters should be requested and uploaded through eSeaGrant. Letters must be submitted by the deadline and should be addressed to Dr. Troy Hartley, Director, Virginia Sea Grant.