Deadline: April 22, 2019

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Sam Lake
Fellowship & Research Program Coordinator

2019 Water Economy Market Analysis Fellowship

Fellowship Description

Climate resilience touches many aspects of the coastal economy and an adaptation, resilience and water management economy is far reaching, with many business sectors and job types involved in implementing adaptation measures and managing the increase volume of water that will move in and out of Coastal Virginia. Resilience in this context is thought of as the capacity of human and natural systems to 1) absorb stresses and maintain function in the face of impacts from flooding, sea level rise, storms, and other climate change impacts and 2) adapt, reorganize, evolve, and thrive by being better prepared for future impacts. Virginia has a unique opportunity to develop novel solutions to incremental sea level rise, increased flooding and other changes in climate. Many of these solutions could have applications globally and could produce a growing adaptation, resilience and water management industry sector in the Commonwealth.


Applicants must be enrolled in a relevant graduate program (e.g., business, economic and community development, finance, management) at an academic institution during 2019, i.e., current graduate students returning to school in fall 2019 or recent graduates who finish in spring 2019. Students at Virginia institutions are given preference; however, students from any U.S. institution are eligible to apply. Members from under-represented minority groups, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans, and students from Virginia are strongly encouraged to apply.

Virginia Sea Grant 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.

Award Information

Reporting to the Director of Virginia Sea Grant, the fellow will work at the Virginia Sea Grant offices at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science/William & Mary, in Gloucester Point, VA. Working remotely for some portion of this fellowship may be negotiable, dependent upon the qualifications of the candidate. The start and end dates are negotiable, although we are anticipating the 12-week fellowship to begin in June and run through August. This fellowship will be compensated $5,000.

Qualifications & Requirements

Applicants for this fellowship position should have the following interests, skills, and characteristics:

  • Interest in economic and community development;
  • Enthusiasm for research and intellectual curiosity;
  • Strong data analytical and synthesis skills, with knowledge of statistics and/or econometrics;
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills;
  • Creative, motivated, and capable of working well independently and cooperatively within a group;
  • Proficiency in Excel, including data entry and use of functions; and
  • Attention to details.

How to Apply

Adherence to the format requirements is mandatory and ensures fairness for all candidates. Do not exceed the page limit. VASG recommends submitting all application elements as PDF documents. Only the requested materials should be submitted and will be considered.

Applications 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. The sponsors 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.