NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship and Digital Coast Fellowship

This competition is now closed.
Applications for this competition were due January 21, 2022, 5:00 PM CST.

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: will be available this year, 2021.  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.


  • 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 August 1, 2020, and July 31, 2022. Students must also be U.S. Citizens.
  • Fellowship starts August 1, 2022 and ends July 31, 2024.

How to Apply

Application Submission:

Students should submit an application consisting of one PDF document containing the four required elements listed below, to Hunter Holley, Texas Sea Grant Research Program Assistant, by email at by Friday, January 21, 2022, 5:00 PM CST. This is a firm deadline. Applicants will receive a confirmation receipt of the submission.

Each Sea Grant program office may select and nominate up to four candidates from their state to the NOAA Office for Coastal Management for review. In order to support an increase in diversity in the Fellowship, the Sea Grant office may select one additional application from a candidate that attended a minority serving institution, resulting in a total of five nominees. The fifth nomination spot is reserved solely for minority serving institution candidates.

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. This should also include how the fellowship can help reach goals that may be difficult to reach without the fellowship opportunity. The candidate should include any obstacles that have been overcome to reach this point in their academic career (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.

Any additional materials submitted will not be considered in the selection process. If after the NOAA National review process, you are selected as a finalist, an additional writing sample will be requested.

Next Steps After Submission:

  • The Director of Texas Sea Grant will schedule a phone or virtual interview during last week of January through mid-month February.
  • Texas Sea Grant will forward nomination packages to the NOAA Office of Coastal Management by February 18, 2022.

Review Criteria & Other Considerations

  • The Sea Grant directors evaluate applicants based on a phone or virtual interview. Directors look for applicants who demonstrate a strong interest in coastal management, life experiences, internships, extracurricular activities, or jobs in coastal activities, and have a proven ability in interpersonal, oral, and written communication.
  • Applicants are encouraged to review the Frequently Asked Questions contained within the 2022 Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowship Announcement linked above.
  • NOAA Office for Coastal Management fellowship programs share a DEI value statement. “Our office is committed to making coastal fellowships accessible to all interested and eligible candidates, allowing all fellows to be comfortable in their identities and participate fully in their fellowships, and removing barriers to becoming part of the next generation of coastal leaders.”

More Information

Mia Zwolinski

For More Information:

Mia Zwolinski

Assistant Director, Research and Fiscal Administration

(979) 458-0449