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National Fellowships Application Deadlines Approaching

Photo by Roger W. Winstead

North Carolina Sea Grant is accepting applications for fellowships in coastal, ocean and Great Lakes management, policy and scientific research that affect the state’s and the nation’s ecosystems and communities. Photo by Roger Winstead. 


John Fear, 919-515-9104,

Posted Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Updated Dec. 23, 2016, to reflect new application deadline and award amount for Knauss fellowship.

North Carolina Sea Grant is accepting applications for multiple national fellowship opportunities. With deadlines in early 2017, eligible students are encouraged to begin preparing materials soon.

All applications to Sea Grant must be made through the eSeaGrant portal, Materials must be received by 5 p.m., on the date they are due.

“This is a new process to submit materials for the national fellowships,” notes John Fear, deputy director of North Carolina Sea Grant. “Applicants should not wait until the last minute to register for the portal and complete all required steps.”

The 2017–2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Coastal Management Fellowship is two years long, and provides professional training in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students. Work starts Aug. 1, 2017. The annual salary is $34,000. Fellows also will be offered health insurance, worker’s compensation, and relocation and travel reimbursement.

Applications must be completed by Jan. 20, 2017. Face-to-face interviews will be conducted Feb. 7 or 8, 2017, in Raleigh.

Two categories of 2017 National Sea Grant Program and NOAA Fisheries Fellowships are available. Each offers up to $38,333 in federal funds. Cost sharing of at least 20 percent by the selected student’s institution of higher education is required. Funding begins Aug. 1, 2017, contingent on availability of funds and satisfactory performance by the recipients.

Prospective population and ecosystem dynamics fellows must be admitted to a doctoral program in population dynamics or a related field at the time of application. Funding is for up to three years. NOAA Fisheries expects to select three new population dynamics fellows in 2017.

Applicants for the marine resource economics fellowship must be admitted to a doctoral program in natural resource economics or a related field at the time of application. Funding is for up to two years, for up to two fellows nationwide.

Applications are due to North Carolina Sea Grant by Jan. 27, 2017.

The 2018 Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship is a yearlong program offered by NOAA’s National Sea Grant Office. This program places graduate students in Washington, D.C., to work on federal policies and processes affecting ocean, coastal and Great Lakes issues.

The fellowship honors John A. Knauss, who was a Sea Grant founder, NOAA administrator and dean of the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography. The award amount is $61,500. The fellowship starts on Feb. 1, 2018, and cannot be renewed or deferred. The National Sea Grant Office anticipates funding a minimum of 30 fellows from around the country.

Applications must be received on Feb. 21, 2017. North Carolina Sea Grant will conduct face-to-face interviews in Raleigh.

North Carolina Sea Grant offers a variety of funding and fellowship opportunities, including a community collaborative research program. Visit and go to Funding Opportunities to learn more.


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