NOAA Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowships
About the Fellowships
The Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowships were established to provide on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students. The fellowship program matches post-graduate students with state coastal resource agencies and nonprofit organizations to work on projects proposed by the hosts and selected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management.
The two-year fellowship positions start in August 2018 and are available at the California Coastal Commission; the coastal programs in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, and Washington; the Coastal States Organization in Washington, DC; the National Association of Counties in Washington, DC; and the National States Geographic Information Council, which will be hosted in Anchorage, Alaska. Eligibility requirements, descriptions of the projects, and guidance on how to apply can be found in the Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowship Announcement available on this page and here:
Please note the Coastal Management Fellowship is offered annually, contingent upon the availability and timeliness of federal appropriations, while the Digital Coast Fellowship is typically offered every-other year.
Eligibility and Funding InformationEligibility
Any student completing a master’s or other advanced degree program in natural resource management or environment-related studies at an accredited U.S. university between January 1, 2017, and July 31, 2018, is eligible to apply for the Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowship. Previous fellows have had degrees in environmental studies, natural resource management, marine affairs, marine science, geology, public affairs, and regional land management. The most important prerequisite is an interest in coastal issues. Students from a broad range of environmental programs are encouraged to apply. Students from non-U.S. institutions are not eligible.Funding Availability
The two-year fellowship opportunity offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and relocation and travel expense reimbursement. The current salary is $34,000 per year. In the second year of the fellowship, a locality pay factor may be added to the salary, depending on the location of the fellowship.
Timeline for Fellowship Competition
- Announcement released: December 2017
- Application Deadline due to VASG: By 11:59 p.m. EST, January 19, 2018
- Applicants interview with VASG: January to February 2018
- VASG assembles and submits applications: February 16, 2018
- National competition: March 2018
- Anticipated notification of finalists: March 16, 2018
- Matching Workshop: April 23-27, 2018
- Fellowship begins: August 1, 2018
How to Apply
For full details on the application requirements, evaluation criteria, and review and selection process, please download the Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowship Announcement. For additional information on the how to submit your application to VASG, please refer to the eSeaGrant Instructions, available on this page.Intent to Apply
All eligible applicants, enrolled at a Virginia institution, who are planning to apply, 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 VASG’s Tips for NOAA Post-Graduate Fellowship Applications, and to schedule their interview with VASG.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. VASG cannot accept late applications as outlined in the fellowship announcement, please allow ample time to submit your application.Recommendation Letters
To maintain confidentiality, VASG requires that letters are NOT 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 address to Dr. Troy Hartley, Director, Virginia Sea Grant.