Fellowships for Graduate Students in Marine Sciences and Marine Policy

Administered by Alaska Community Foundation

Alaska Sea Grant State Fellowship Program

The call for 2017 fellowships will be in December, with applications due in February.

State fellowship flyer
Alaska State Fellowship flyer [PDF, 359 KB].

The Alaska Sea Grant State Fellowship Program provides a unique professional opportunity for soon-to-graduate or recently finished graduate students interested in the science and policy needed to keep our marine resources healthy. Modeled after the highly successful Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, the state fellowship program provides an opportunity to acquire on-the-job experience in planning and implementation of marine resource policies and programs in Alaska. The program matches highly motivated graduate students and recent graduates with hosts in Alaska-based state or federal agencies for a 12-month paid fellowship.

National Sea Grant Fellowships

NOAA's National Sea Grant Program offers two annual fellowship opportunities:

Applications must be submitted through Alaska Sea Grant.

National Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

Applications to Alaska Sea Grant for the 2018 fellowship will be due in February 2017.

Knauss fellowship flyer
Knauss flyer [PDF, 751 KB].

The Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship is well suited for graduate students with an interest in national policy decisions affecting coastal and ocean resources. The fellowship involves spending a year in the Washington, D.C., area in an executive or legislative position. Recipients work on substantive national policy issues related to aquatic resources.

Applications for the program are due each February for fellowships beginning the following February.

For more details or to apply, see the Alaska Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship page.

View current Knauss Fellowship positions.

Watch a YouTube video about the fellowship.

Alaska's 2015 Knauss Fellow, Thomas Farrugia, wrote about his experience in Washington in his blog "Halibut on the Hill."

NOAA Fisheries (NMFS) – Sea Grant Fellowship

Applications for the 2017 fellowship will be due in January 2017.

NOAA fisheries fellowship flyer
NOAA Fisheries Fellowship fact sheet [PDF, 496 KB].

The NOAA Fisheries – Sea Grant Fellowship is for PhD students interested in careers related to (1) marine ecosystem and population dynamics, with a focus on modeling and managing systems of living marine resources, or (2) economics of the conservation and management of living marine resources. Recipients work with a mentor from NOAA Fisheries.

For more details or to apply, see the NMFS–Sea Grant Fellowship page.

NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship

Applications for the 2017–2019 fellowship will be due in January 2017.

In this two-year program, graduate students work with state coastal zone programs to gain on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy. For details, see the NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship web page.