The NC STEM Policy Fellowships provide graduate students from North Carolina colleges and universities with opportunities to serve full-time for a year in high-level state government offices, focusing on policy topics related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Sea Grant continues to partner with the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and host offices to provide funding for the NC STEM Policy Fellowship program, which enters its third year. Five placement options are available for the term starting in August 2022:

Information about each office is available on the full Request for Applications.

The NC STEM Policy Fellowship program strongly encourages proposals from graduate students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Minority Serving Institutions, and/or from traditionally underserved and underrepresented communities, as well as from graduate students who can demonstrate how their interests can benefit underserved and underrepresented communities. For information on North Carolina Sea Grant’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and accessibility, please visit:

Each fellowship includes a competitive stipend, as well as reimbursement for health insurance, associated travel, and training opportunities, totaling $54,500 for the year. In addition, professional development and networking opportunities for fellows are available through a partnership with Sigma Xi, the international honor society of science and engineering, starting with a policy “bootcamp” in summer 2022.


Applications are closed for 2022. Please check back next year.

Application Materials and Information

For more information, contact John Fear at or 919-515-9104.