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Student Opportunities

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  • Most applications must come through the Minnesota Sea Grant office.
  • Minnesota Sea Grant deadlines may be earlier than deadlines listed on applications.
  • Students applying for fellowships are advised to contact Minnesota Sea Grant Associate Director of Research Valerie Brady who can assist with the application process.

How to know where to send your application (read this before applying):

  • If your hometown is in Minnesota, then you can apply through Minnesota Sea Grant.
  • If you attend college in Minnesota, then you can apply through Minnesota Sea Grant.
  • If your hometown is not in Minnesota and you do not attend college in Minnesota and your hometown state or the state in which you attend college has a Sea Grant program, then you can apply through that state Sea Grant program. Click here to see if your state has a Sea Grant program: http://seagrant.noaa.gov/About.
  • If your hometown is not in Minnesota and you do not attend college in Minnesota and your hometown state or the state in which you attend college does NOT have a Sea Grant program, then you must request permission to apply through Minnesota Sea Grant (or any other state's Sea Grant program) by emailing sgweb@noaa.gov.

Internships

Internships with Minnesota Sea Grant

Minnesota Sea Grant offers internships to graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in Minnesota colleges and universities. Interns apply their knowledge and skills acquired through coursework to help Minnesota Sea Grant fulfill its mission. Interns can work in the areas of outreach, communication, education or research.


Photo: Danielle Naiman. Photo courtesy of NOAA.

Danielle Naiman studied ocean acidification in the Bering Sea during her summer internship with the Pacific Marine Environmental Lab in Seattle, WA. (Dr. Jessica Cross). Photo courtesy of NOAA.

Undergraduate Fellowships

NOAA Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Link: http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/Hollings_info.html

Description/Resources: The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to $9,500 per year) for two years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time paid ($700/week) internship at a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) facility during the summer. Internship areas include ocean science, marine fisheries, weather, or space.

Eligibility: Applicants must be a sophomore U.S. citizen, earn and maintain a 3.0 GPA, have and maintain a declared major in a discipline including but not limited to oceanic, environmental, biological, and atmospheric sciences, mathematics, engineering, remote sensing, physics, hydrology, geomatics, or teacher education that supports NOAA.

Deadlines: January 2018. All reference form must be submitted by January 19, 2018. All applications and supporting materials must be received by Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at 11:59 PM EST.

Contact: http://www.noaa.gov/office-education/hollings-scholarship

Application: There are multiple deadlines for this scholarship — READ WEBSITE THOROUGHLY. If supporting documents (i.e. academic reference forms, official transcripts, etc.) are not received by the deadline, the application will be incomplete and therefore deemed ineligible for consideration.

Other NOAA Undergraduate Scholarships

Link: http://www.noaa.gov/opportunities/student-opportunities


Photo Courtesy of NOAA.

Graduate Research Support Fellowships

National Marine Fisheries Service — Sea Grant Joint Graduate Fellowship Program in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and in Marine Resource Economics

Link: http://seagrant.noaa.gov/NMFS-SG-Fellowship

NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship Overview 2018 (PDF download)

The NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship Program in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics is designed to help Sea Grant fulfill its broad educational responsibilities and to strengthen the collaboration between Sea Grant and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Since 1999, Sea Grant and NMFS have partnered to train students through this joint fellowship program in two specialized areas: population and ecosystem dynamics as well as marine resource economics. Population and ecosystem dynamics involve the study of fish populations and marine ecosystems to better assess fishery stock conditions and dynamics.

The goals of the NOAA Fisheries/Sea Grant Fellowship Program are:

  • To encourage qualified applicants to pursue careers in either population and ecosystem dynamics and stock assessment or in marine resource economics
  • To increase available expertise related to these fields
  • To foster closer relationships between academic scientists and NOAA Fisheries
  • To provide real-world experience to graduate students and accelerate their career development.

Applying to the Fellowship

Eligibility: The NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowships are available to U.S. citizens who are graduate students enrolled in Ph.D. degree programs in academic institutions in the United States and its territories. Only U.S. citizens are eligible to apply. Foreign Nationals are not eligible.

Length of Fellowship: Ph.D. candidates interested in the population and ecosystem dynamics of living marine resources and the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing their status can receive up to three years of funding. Ph.D. students in marine resource economics, concentrating on the conservation and management of living marine resources, can receive two years of funding.

Deadline and How to Apply: Students should submit applications to a Sea Grant Program and not submit information directly into grants.gov. Only U.S. citizens are eligible to apply. Foreign Nationals are not eligible. Student applications are due to Sea Grant Programs by 5:00 pm local time on January 30, 2019. Sea Grant Programs must transmit the application via Grants.gov by 5:00 pm, Eastern Time February 27, 2019. There are two separate funding numbers for the two portions of this competition.

Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Federal Funding Opportunity -NOAA-OAR-SG-2019-2005907

The NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship Program in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics expects to award at least three new Ph.D. Fellowships in 2019 to students who are interested in careers related to marine ecosystem and population dynamics, with a focus on modeling and managing systems of living marine resources. These fellowships can provide support for up to three years. The emphasis will be on the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing marine ecosystems, for assessing the status of fish, invertebrate, and other targeted species stocks and for assessing the status of marine mammals, seabirds, and other protected species.

Marine Resource Economics Federal Funding Opportunity - NOAA-OAR-SG-2019-2005909

The 2019 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship Program in Marine Resource Economics expects to award one new Ph.D. Fellowship each year to students who are interested in careers related to the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing the economics of the conservation and management of living marine resources. This fellowship can provide support for up to three years.

Award and Expenses

The award for each Fellowship, contingent upon the availability of federal funds, will be in the form of a grant or cooperative agreement of $48,000 per year ($40,000 in federal dollars and $8,000 in matching dollars). The award provided to each Fellow is for salary (stipend), living expenses, tuition, and travel necessary to carry out the proposed research and to attend the annual Fellows meeting (at rotating locations).

Connecting with Sea Grant programs and NOAA Fisheries Science Centers

Applicants enrolled toward a degree in a graduate program in Minnesota must submit to the Minnesota Sea Grant program. Contact Minnesota Sea Grant Associate Director of Research Valerie Brady.

Applicants enrolled toward a degree in a graduate program in a state other than Minnesota or territory that is served by a Sea Grant Program must submit to that program. Applicants in states or territories without a Sea Grant program must submit their applications to the Sea Grant program to which they were referred to by the NMFS Fellowship Program Manager, who can be reached at OAR.SG.Fellows@noaa.gov or (301) 734-1083.

To help achieve the goals of the fellowship, each Fellow will be required to work closely with an expert (mentor) from NOAA Fisheries who will serve on the Fellow’s committee. The mentor may also provide access to research data sources and to working/laboratory space in a NOAA Fisheries research facility and/or research vessel, if appropriate. Staff lists and recent publications for each of the NOAA Fisheries Science Centers are listed on each Center's website, linked below.

Applicants in the Great Lakes region or in an area without a NOAA Fisheries Science Center may contact a potential mentor whose research aligns with their own.

For more information, please contact your local Sea Grant Program or OAR.SG.Fellows@noaa.gov.


Graduate Policy Fellowships

2018-19 Great Lakes Commission — Sea Grant Fellowship

Link: https://www.glc.org/about/scholarships-fellowships/

Description/Resources: The selected Fellow will work with members of the Great Lakes' science, policy, communication and education communities to advance the environmental quality and sustainable development goals of the Great Lakes states. The Fellow will contribute to and benefit from research coordination and policy analysis activities. The Great Lakes Commission-Sea Grant Fellowship is sponsored by the Great Lakes Commission, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Sea Grant College Program and the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network.

Where/When: The Fellow will be located at the Great Lakes Commission offices in Ann Arbor, Michigan, from June 1, 2018-May 31, 2019; start and end dates may be negotiable.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants include those who, at the time of application, are either enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program in public policy, public health, natural resources, aquatic sciences or related field at a U.S. accredited institution of higher education in the United States, or have completed their graduate or professional degree within the six months immediately prior to the time of application (e.g. graduated on or after August 1, 2017).

Deadlines: February 2018. Applications are due to Minnesota Sea Grant (MNSG) by 5 p.m. Central Standard Time on Feb. 16, 2018.

Contact: Interested applicants should contact Minnesota Sea Grant Associate Director of Research Valerie Brady for assistance.

Application: Applications to this Great Lakes-wide competition must come from state Sea Grant programs and not individual applicants. https://www.glc.org/about/scholarships-fellowships/

Photo: Knauss Fellows. Credit: NOAA Sea Grant

Knauss Fellowship

Link: http://seagrant.noaa.gov/Knauss

2018 National Sea Grant John A. Knauss Fellowship

Description/Resources: Launching illustrious careers, Sea Grant Knauss Fellowships offer direct experience working on the latest national policy issues in ocean, Great Lakes and coastal management, fisheries and research. The Knauss Fellowship has placed highly qualified early professionals in offices within the executive and legislative branches of government in the Washington, D.C. area for a one-year experience working at the interface of science and policy since 1979. Minnesota Sea Grant is proud to have sponsored a number of successful applicants.

Where: Washington D.C. area. The Fellowship matches highly qualified graduate students with "hosts" in the legislative and executive branches of government, located in the Washington, D.C. area, for a one-year (Feb. 1, 2019-Jan. 31, 2020) paid fellowship.

Deadlines: February 2018. Applications are due to Minnesota Sea Grant (MNSG) by 5 p.m. Central Time on Feb. 23, 2018. Applications to this national competition must come from state Sea Grant programs and not individual applicants.

Contact: Applicants are strongly encouraged to reach out to Minnesota Sea Grant Associate Director of Research Valerie Brady one to two months prior to the Feb. 23, 2018 MNSG application deadline to receive application support and to provide notification to MNSG of the applicant's intent to apply. The applicant should allow sufficient time to schedule an interview with MNSG.

Application: http://seagrant.noaa.gov/Knauss   


Infographic: Coastal Management Fellowship Program

NOAA Coastal Fellowships for Recent Graduates

NOAA Coastal Management/Digital Coast Fellowships for Recent Graduates

Link: https://coast.noaa.gov/fellowship

Description/Resources: The Coastal Management Fellowship provides on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students and to provide project assistance to six state coastal zone management programs in 2018-19. 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. Fellowships begin Aug. 1, 2018.

Eligibility: 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, 2017, and July 31, 2018, is eligible. Students from a broad range of environmental programs (including GIS and civil engineering) are encouraged to apply. Students from non-U.S. institutions are not eligible.

Contact: Contact Minnesota Sea Grant Associate Director of Research Valerie Brady for application assistance.<

Deadline: January 2018. Applications are due to Minnesota Sea Grant Jan. 19, 2018.

Application: Application packages must be submitted to the Sea Grant program office in the state where you earned your degree. Each Sea Grant program office can endorse up to three applications to the NOAA Office for Coastal Management for review. Applicants from institutions in states not served by a Sea Grant program office should contact the fellowship coordinator for more information on submitting an application.


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Projects & Funding:

Contact:

Valerie Brady
Associate Director of Research
Peter Thibault
Fiscal Officer

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