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Contact Person

Sam Lake
Fellowship & Research Program Coordinator

NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship

About the Fellowships

The Coastal Management Fellowship was established 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. The fellowship program matches post-graduates with state zone programs to work on projects proposed by the host offices and selected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management.

The fellowship positions are anticipated to start in August 2019. Participating state programs and projects will be selected in November 2018. Eligibility requirements, descriptions of past projects, and guidance on how to apply can be found on the Coastal Management Fellowship website:


Any U.S. citizen who will complete a master’s or another advanced degree in natural resource management or environmental-related studies at an accredited U.S. university between January 1, 2018, and July 31, 2019, is eligible to apply for the Coastal. 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.

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.

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 2018 fellowship salary was $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. The fellowship is offered annually, contingent upon the availability and timeliness of federal appropriations.

Timeline for Fellowship Competition

  • Anticipated announcement released: November/December 2018
  • Application due to VASG: By 11:59 p.m. EST, January 18, 2019
  • Applicants interview with VASG: January to February 2019
  • VASG assembles and submits applications: February 15, 2019
  • National competition: March 2019
  • Anticipated notification of finalists: March 15, 2019
  • Matching Workshop: Late April 2019
  • Fellowship begins: August 1, 2019

How to Apply

For full details on the application requirements, evaluation criteria, and review and selection process, download the fellowship anouncement. 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 Post-Graduate Fellowship Applications, and to schedule their interview. Applicants can express their interest by sending a short, simple email - please include "Coastal Management 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. 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.