NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship and Digital Coast Fellowship

This opportunity is closed.
Applications for this competition were due January 17, 2020, 5:00 PM CST.

For more information, see the 2020 Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowship Announcement

About the Fellowship

  • 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 is offered in even years. The program has the same requisites, policies and procedures as the Coastal Management Fellowship program. This program matches postgraduate 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.

Eligibility

  • 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.

How to Apply

Students should submit an application consisting of one PDF document containing the four required elements to Mia Zwolinski, Texas Sea Grant assistant director, research and fiscal administration, by email at mzwolinski@tamu.edu by Friday, January 17, 2020, 5:00 PM CST. Each Sea Grant program office may select and forward up to four applications to the NOAA Office for Coastal Management for review. 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.

  4. Unofficial copies of all undergraduate and graduate student transcripts.

More Information


  • Read about the 2019 selected states/agencies and their full proposals, which provides insight on their project goals.
  • coast.noaa.gov/fellowship (Note: If the government is not open, the links here are not accessible)

  • See a video from a recent fellow

  • Additional information from NOAA on the Digital Coast Fellowship, which includes selected states/agencies and their full proposals and provides insight on their project goals

  • Read about the prior Digital Coast Fellowship 2016 projects by the host agencies

  • 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.
Mia Zwolinski

For More Information:

Mia Zwolinski

Assistant Director, Research and Fiscal Administration

mzwolinski@tamu.edu

(979) 458-0449