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Samuel J. Lake, Ph.D.
Fellowship & Research Program Coordinator

NOAA Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowships

Please note:

The NOAA Office for Coastal Management has temporarily paused the Coastal Management Fellowship program for 2021. Please check back for future opportunities, including the 2022 Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowships.

About the Fellowships

The NOAA 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 postgraduate 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 fellowship positions are anticipated to start in August 2020. Eligibility requirements, descriptions of fellowship projects, and additional guidance on how to apply can be found on the NOAA Coastal Fellowships website:


Any U.S. citizen who will complete 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, 2019, and July 31, 2020, is eligible to apply for the Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowships. 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.

A broad range of degrees are applicable to the fellowship because the projects are new and different each year. 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 resource management and policy.

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

Fellowship Information

The two-year fellowship opportunity offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and relocation and travel expense reimbursement. The current salary is $42,000 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. The fellowship is offered annually, contingent upon the availability and timeliness of federal appropriations.

Timeline for Fellowship Competition

  • Announcement released: December 2019
  • Application due to VASG: By 11:59 p.m. Eastern time, January 17, 2020
  • Applicants interview with VASG: Late January 2020
  • VASG assembles and submits applications: Mid-February 2020
  • National competition: Mid-March
  • Anticipated notification of finalists: Late March
  • Matching Workshop: April 27-May 1, 2020
  • Fellowship begins: August 2020

How to Apply

For full details on the application requirements, evaluation criteria, and review and selection process, download the fellowship announcement. For additional information on the how to submit your application to VASG, refer to the eSeaGrant Instructions. All of the above documents can be found in the sidebar of this page under Related Documents.

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 Postgraduate Fellowship Applications, and to schedule their interview. Applicants can express their interest by sending a short, simple email - please include "Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowship" in the subject line.

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. Since VASG cannot accept late applications as outlined in the fellowship announcement, please allow ample time to submit your application in advance of the deadline.

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.

Select NOAA Postgraduate Fellow Stories

Click the links below to read about the experiences NOAA Coastal Management fellows have enjoyed: