Coastal Management Fellowship

Coastal Management Fellowship
Application Deadline: January 20, 2017

Fellowship Summary
Submission Information
List of elements for application

Fellowship Summary

Coastal Management Fellows work for two years with state coastal zone programs on projects proposed by the states and selected by NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management. In a mutually beneficial arrangement, six (6) fellows will receive on-the-job training in coastal management and policy and, in return, the coastal resources program will get technical assistance from students well-versed in the latest advances in coastal resource science and policy. Information about 2017 State Projects can be found here

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 2017 fellowship, applicants must 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, 2016, and July 31, 2017 is eligible. Students from a broad range of environmental programs are encouraged to apply. 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.

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

Submission Information

Please upload an electronic copy of all application items, with required signatures. The electronic version of your application must be submitted as PDFs using the California Sea Grant submission link:

If you have never used this website, you will need to register for an account. You can change the randomly-generated password once you log in successfully into the website.

Please make sure to include your last name in the file names for each section of the proposal (e.g., Smith_budget.pdf or Smith_cv.pdf).

IMPORTANT: To preserve confidentiality, letters of recommendations should be sent directly to our office. Letters can sent via mail (9500 Gilman Drive - 0232, La Jolla, CA 92093-0232), email (, or fax (858-534-2231) to CA Sea Grant Director, Jim Eckman. 

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: see "Submission Information")



Applications must be submitted by 5 pm, January 20, 2017, to the California Sea Grant Program. State Sea Grant programs may select and forward to the NOAA Office for Coastal Management up to three (3) finalists.


  1. Friday, January 20, 2017 - Applications due from candidates
  2. January - February, 2017 - Interviews held by California Sea Grant
  3. Friday, March 17, 2017 - Finalists selected by NOAA Office for Coastal Management
  4. Monday-Friday, late April or early May 2017 - Matching workshop in Charleston, South Carolina 
  5. Tuesday, August, 2017 - Fellowship begins


Questions about the fellowship program

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

Questions about the application process

Miho Ligare, Fellowship Coordinator
California Sea Grant
(858) 534-4440