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Coastal Management Fellowship

Coastal Management Fellowship

Note: Applications from 2019-2021 Program candidates were due January 18, 2019.

The Coastal Management Fellowship was established in 1996 to provide on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students and to provide project assistance to state coastal zone management programs. The program matches postgraduate students with state coastal zone programs to work on projects proposed by the state and selected by the fellowship sponsor, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management. This two-year opportunity offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement.

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 January 1, 2018, and July 31, 2019, is eligible. Students from a broad range of environmental programs are encouraged to apply. Students who are not U.S. citizens or attended non-U.S. institutions are not eligible. All applications must include:

    1. Resume or curriculum vitae (not to exceed two pages using 12-point type).
    2. Statement of the applicant’s goals with emphasis on what the applicant expects from and can contribute to the fellowship experience (500 words or less).
    3. Two letters of recommendation, including one from the applicant’s principal professor. If no principal professor exists, the faculty member who is most familiar with the applicant’s academic work may be substituted.
    4. Unofficial copies of all undergraduate and graduate student transcripts.

How to Apply
Application packages must be submitted to the Sea Grant program office in the state where you earned your degree by January 18, 2019. Each Sea Grant program office may select and forward up to three applications to the NOAA Office for Coastal Management for review. Applicants from states not served by a Sea Grant program office should contact the Office’s fellowship coordinator ([email protected]) for more information on submitting an application. Applications must be submitted to Louisiana Sea Grant via its online eSeaGrant system.

Selection Criteria
Finalists are selected based on the following criteria:

    1. Academic performance and diversity of educational background, including extracurricular activities, awards, and honors.
    2. Endorsement of the applicant’s Sea Grant director.
    3. Support from two letters of recommendation, including one from the applicant’s principal professor.
    4. 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 nondisqualifying physical handicap.

Selection of Finalists
From the nominations submitted by Sea Grant directors, 12 finalists will be selected by a selection panel. Final decisions will be made by March 15, 2019, and all applicants will be notified of the decision by the end of the following week.

Placement of Fellows
A workshop to match states with fellows will take place in Charleston, South Carolina, April 29 to May 3, 2019. Before the workshop begins, each of the 12 finalists will receive a packet of information detailing the coastal management projects, each of the host agencies, and the background of the area of assignment. No contact between prospective hosts and finalists should be made prior to the placement workshop.

The finalists will be brought to the workshop at the expense of the NOAA Office for Coastal
Management for final interviews and placement. Each of the selected host states will send the fellow mentor to the placement workshop. The workshop will consist of a fellowship orientation program, host state project proposal presentations, finalist presentations, finalist and host state interviews, andfellow matching. Of the 12 finalists selected in 2019, six will be placed with a host state.

Program Contact
For further information, please visit the Coastal Management Fellowship website or contact:

Coastal Management Fellowship Program
NOAA Office for Coastal Management
2234 South Hobson Avenue
Charleston, SC 29405
E-mail: [email protected]