NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship and Digital Coast Fellowship

2020 - 2022 NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship Program -  This opportunity will open soon.

Applications for this Competition will be due January 17, 2020, 5:00 PM CST.

Please re-visit this site early-to-mid November, 2019 for the posting of the 2020-2022 opportunity announcement.

Prior competition opportunity announcement may be found here: 2018 Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowship - Announcement

WHAT is it?

  • A fellowship established for postgraduate students to provide on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management, policy or coastal issues.
  • A two-year opportunity that offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and relocation and travel expense reimbursement.
  • The Coastal Management Fellowship: This program matches postgraduate students with state coastal resource agencies to work on coastal projects proposed by the state and selected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center. A broad range of degrees are applicable for the Coastal Management Fellowship because the state projects are new and different each year. Previous fellows have had degrees in environmental studies, natural resource management, marine affairs, marine science, geology, public affairs, and regional land management. The most important prerequisite is an interest in state-level coastal issues.
  • The Digital Coast Fellowship: This fellowship is offered this year (offered in even years). The program has the same requisites, policies and procedures as the Coastal Management Fellowship program. This program matches postgradaute students with an interest in coastal issues, with members of the Digital Coast Partnership. Digital Coast is a collection of data, tools, training, and information for those working to preserve our coastal communities and natural resources. A broad range of degrees are applicable to the Digital Coast Fellowship because the projects are new and different each year. Previous fellows have had degrees in environmental studies, natural resource management, marine affairs, marine science, geology, public affairs, and regional land management. The most important prerequisite is an interest in coastal issues.

WHO is eligible?

  • Any student completing a master's, doctoral, or professional degree in natural resource management or environmental-related studies, as well as a broad range of studies, from an accredited U.S. University between January 1, 2019, and July 31, 2020. Students from non-U.S. institutions are not eligible.
  • Fellowship starts August 1, 2020 and ends July 31, 2022.
  • Students from a broad range of environmental programs are encouraged to apply.

Fellowship Timeline for the 2020-22 Fellowship Program:

Friday, October 11, 2019 Proposals due from hosts
Friday, November 8, 2019 Projects selected
Friday, January 17, 2020 Applications due from candidates
Friday, February 14, 2020 Endorsements due from Sea Grant
Friday, March 13, 2020 Finalists selected
Monday-Friday, April 27 to May 1, 2020 Matching workshop
Monday, August 3, 2020 Fellowship begins

HOW to apply:

  • Students should submit an application consisting of one PDF document containing the 4 required elements to Mia Zwolinski, Texas Sea Grant Research Coordinator at mzwolinski@tamu.edu by Friday, January 17, 2020, 5:00 PM CST.
  • Sea Grant Programs will forward up to three nomination packages via email submission to NOAA by February 14, 2020, 5:00 PM CST, with notification of finalists by mid-March.
  • Email submission does not require a grants.gov application file.
  • All application elements must be submitted in one combined PDF document in the exact order as noted below:
    1. Resume or curriculum vitae (not to exceed two pages using 12 point font);
    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; and
    4. Unofficial copies of all undergraduate and graduate student transcripts.

WHERE can you get information?

  • Application information, eligibility, selection criteria, timeline and detailed FAQs may be found in the Announcement file noted above;
  • Watch for the posting of the new 2020-2022 selected state projects in November, 2019; reviewing the state project proposals will provide insight to the applicant on the state project goals;
  • See a video from a recent Fellow:  https://coast.noaa.gov/data/gallery/videos/fellowship.mp4;
  • Additional information regarding the Digital Coast Fellowship may be found at: https://coast.noaa.gov/fellowship/digitalcoast.html;
  • Read about the prior 2019-2021 Coastal Management selected States / Agencies and their full proposals, which provides insight on their project goals: https://coast.noaa.gov/fellowship/coastalmanagement.html;
  • Read about the prior Digital Coast Fellowship 2018-2020 Projects by the Host Agencies of the Digital Coast Partnership: https://coast.noaa.gov/fellowship/digitalcoast/18_fellows.html;
  • Digital Coast Partners include the 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.
  • Additional information contact: Mia Zwolinski, Research Coordinator at mzwolinski@tamu.edu or 979-458-0449.