Deadlines approaching for fellowship opportunities available through Texas Sea Grant

January 05, 2016

By Cindie Powell

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Texas Sea Grant College Program at Texas A&M University is seeking graduate students for four marine-related fellowship opportunities with fast-approaching deadlines.

"These fellowships are tremendous opportunities to support the discovery of new knowledge and advance early career professionals during and after graduate school,” said Dr. Pamela Plotkin, Director of Texas Sea Grant, who is a 1994 recipient of the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. “Fellows gain real-world experience during their fellowships and contribute their knowledge and analytical skills in service to society."

January 22, 2016, is the application deadline for the 2016 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Management Fellowship. The two-year opportunity is designed to provide on-the-job education and training in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students.

Applications and supporting materials are due to Texas Sea Grant by January 29, 2016, for two multi-year National Sea Grant and NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service fellowships. The first, in population and ecosystem dynamics, involves the study of fish populations and marine ecosystems to better assess fishery stock conditions and dynamics. The second, in marine resource economics, focuses on the conservation and management of living marine resources.

Applications for the 2017 John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship are due February 12, 2016. The fellowship program, established by Congress in 1979 and named for one of Sea Grant’s founders, offers a unique educational experience to graduate and professional students nominated by the state Sea Grant programs who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The program matches participants with hosts in the executive or legislative branch of the federal government for a one-year paid fellowship in the Washington, D.C., area. Texas Sea Grant’s 2015 Knauss Fellow, Kaitlyn Shroeder-Spain, will complete her fellowship with the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences at the end of January; the program’s 2016 Knauss Fellow, Natalie Spear, will begin her term with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Ecological and Health Processes Branch in February.

Additional information about all four fellowship opportunities is available at the Texas Sea Grant website at All applications should be submitted to Mia Zwolinski, Texas Sea Grant Research Coordinator, at


Texas Sea Grant is a unique partnership that unites the resources of the federal government, the State of Texas and universities across the state to create knowledge, tools, products and services that benefit the economy, the environment and the citizens of Texas. It is administered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and is one of 33 university-based Sea Grant Programs around the country. Texas Sea Grant is a non-academic research center in the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University. The program’s mission is to improve the understanding, wise use and stewardship of Texas coastal and marine resources.