Coastal Management Fellowship

Application Deadline: January 18, 2019

Fellowship Summary
Submission Information
List of elements for application

Fellowship Summary

Coastal Management Fellows work for two years with state coastal resource agencies on projects proposed by the hosts and selected by NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management. In a mutually beneficial arrangement, six fellows will be placed with a state coastal program. The 2019 State Project Descriptions are on the right side bar. 

This two-year opportunity offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement. The current salary is $34,000 per year. In the second year, a locality pay factor may be added to the salary, depending on the location of the fellowship. 

Eligibility: For the 2019 fellowship, applicants must complete a master’s or other advanced degree by July 31, 2019, to be eligible. A broad range of degrees are applicable to the 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 coastal issues. 

For more detailed information about the fellowship opportunity, please visit the NOAA Office for Coastal Management website at:

Submission Information

The electronic version of your application must be submitted as a single PDF and emailed to by the due date.

Formatting: Include your last name in the file name and the file order should be: 1) Resume or CV, 2) Statement, and 3) Unofficial copies all undergraduate and graduate student transcripts. 

List of elements for application

Required Elements

  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (not to exceed two pages using 12 point font)
  • 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).
  • Unofficial copies of all undergraduate and graduate student transcripts.
  • Two letters of recommendation, including one from the student's major professor (sent directly to CA Sea Grant to 


Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm PT, January 18, 2019, to the California Sea Grant Program. State Sea Grant programs may select and forward to the NOAA Office for Coastal Management up to four finalists.


  1. Friday, January 18, 2019 - Applications due from candidates
  2. January - February, 2019 - Interviews held by California Sea Grant
  3. Friday, March 15, 2019 - Finalists selected by NOAA Office for Coastal Management 
  4. April 29 - May 3, 2019 - Matching workshop in Charleston, South Carolina 
  5. Thursday August 1, 2019 - Fellowship begins


Questions about the fellowship program

Fellowship Coordinator
NOAA Office for Coastal Management
(843) 740-1273

Questions about the application process

California Sea Grant
(858) 534-4440