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Coastal Management Fellowship

Coastal Management Fellowship

Note: Applications from 2018-2020 Program candidates were due January 19, 2018.

The Coastal Management Fellowship is a program that matches postgraduate students with various coastal zone programs for a two-year term. The fellows receive relevant job training while working on resource management and policy issues in coastal states, competitive salary, medical benefits and relocation expenses. Fellowships begin Aug. 1, 2018 and run for two years.

Any student who will complete a master’s or other advanced degree in natural resource management or environmental-related studies at an accredited U.S. university between Jan. 1, 2017, and July 31, 2018, is eligible. Students from a broad range of environmental programs are encouraged to apply. Students from non-U.S. institutions are not eligible.

How to Apply
Application packages must be submitted to the Sea Grant program office in the state where you earned your degree. Each Sea Grant program office can endorse up to four applications to the NOAA Office for Coastal Management for review. Applicants from institutions in states not served by a Sea Grant program office should contact the fellowship coordinator for more information on submitting an application. Applications were due from candidates by Jan. 19, 2018. Appointments begin Aug. 1. Applications must be submitted to Louisiana Sea Grant via its online eSeaGrant system. Required items are listed below:

  1. Two signed letters of recommendation, including one from the student’s major professor.
  2. A statement of the applicant’s goals emphasizing the applicant’s expectations and anticipated contributions (no more than 500 words).
  3. Personal and academic curriculum vitae (not to exceed two pages).
  4. Unofficial copies undergraduate and graduate transcripts.

Evaluation criteria for Coastal Zone Management Fellowship applications are as follows:

  • Academic performance and diversity of educational background. This includes extracurricular activities, awards and honors.
  • Endorsement from the applicant’s Sea Grant Director.
  • Endorsement/content in the two letters of recommendation.
  • Content of the applicant’s goal statement.

All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of age, race, sex, creed, marital status, national origin, lawful political affiliation, religious preference, or non-disqualifying physical handicap.

Finalist Selection
The top 18 candidates will be sent to a workshop in Charleston, SC in late April/early May. Finalists will participate in program orientation, presentations of proposed projects with the host programs, finalist presentation, host program interviews and fellow matching. Six finalists will receive placement with Coastal Zone Management (CZM) program hosts and three finalists will be offered fellowships with NOAA’s Digital Coast partners.

Digital Coast Partnership organizations include: American Planning Association, Association of State Floodplain Managers, Coastal States Organization, National Association of Counties, National Estuarine Research Reserve Association, National States Geographic Information Council, The Nature Conservancy, and Urban Land Institute. Three of them will be fellowship hosts. To learn more about the Digital Coast, visit coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/.

Program Contact
For detailed application information, visit the NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship website or contact the Fellowship Coordinator.

Fellowship Coordinator
NOAA Office for Coastal Management
2234 South Hobson Avenue
Charleston, SC 29405
Tel: (843) 740-1273
E-mail: [email protected] .