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Student Opportunities

Hints for success!

  • 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):

  • Applicants must apply to the Sea Grant program in the state where they attend college, unless that state does not have a Sea Grant program.
  • If you attend college in Minnesota, then you must apply through Minnesota Sea Grant.
  • If you attend college outside of Minnesota and that state has a Sea Grant program, you must apply through that state’s program. Click for list of state Sea Grant programs: http://seagrant.noaa.gov/About.
  • If you attend college outside of Minnesota and that state does NOT have a Sea Grant program, you must apply through one of the following:
    1. Your home state, if that state has a Sea Grant program. Click for list of state Sea Grant programs: http://seagrant.noaa.gov/About.
    2. A state with a Sea Grant program, and you must request permission to apply by emailing sgweb@noaa.gov.


Partners in Education (PIE)

Partners In Education Logo: Lake Superior with 3 stylized fish

The PIE program is seeking college students who want to gain teaching experience volunteering in grades 3 through 5 classrooms using science-based curriculum provided by the Great Lakes Aquarium. The PIE program is a collaboration among the University of Minnesota Sea Grant, the Great Lakes Aquarium, and the University of Minnesota Duluth Center for Environmental Education that provides UMD students with training and experience in classroom education.

Deadline: January 31, 2020
Contact: PIE Coordinator Cole Fisher, pie.gla@gmail.com


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.noaa.gov/office-education/hollings-scholarship

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: All applications and supporting materials must be received by February 1, 2021, 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

This fellowship places Ph.D. students in research-based fellowships that provide support for up to three years. The program is designed to fulfill workforce development needs identified by the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and since 1990, has provided opportunities for 144 Ph.D. students.

The opportunity to apply for 2021 fellowships is now open. Applications are due to Sea Grant programs on January 26, 2021. See links below for additional information on applying:

Questions? Contact your local Sea Grant Program or the National Sea Grant Office at oar.sg.fellows@noaa.gov / (240) 507-3712.

Photo: Knauss Fellows. Credit: NOAA Sea Grant

Graduate Policy Fellowships

Knauss Fellowship

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

Launch your career and make a difference in the world by becoming a Sea Grant Knauss Fellow. These paid fellowships for nearly finished graduate students offer direct experience working on the latest national policy issues in ocean, Great Lakes and coastal management, fisheries and research. Fellows are placed 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. Minnesota Sea Grant is proud to have sponsored a number of successful applicants.

Infographic: Coastal Management Fellowship Program

NOAA Coastal Fellowships for Recent Graduates
Suspended for 2021

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 state coastal zone management programs and other partners. The program matches postgraduate students with state coastal zone and partner 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, 2020.

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, 2019, and July 31, 2020, 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 2020. Applications are due to Minnesota Sea Grant Jan. 17, 2020.

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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