The NC STEM Policy Post-Graduate 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 Post-Graduate Fellowship program. Possible placement offices include the following:

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 totaling $52,500 for the year. In addition, $2,000 in travel support is provided for professional development and networking opportunities for fellows. The fellows also benefit from attending a policy workshop available through a partnership with Sigma Xi, the international honor society of science and engineering, in July 2023, where they will learn the landscape for STEM policy implementation in North Carolina.


Completed applications, including recommendation letters, are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 27, 2023, via the online portal

Application Materials and Information

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