NOAA Coastal Management & Digital Coast Fellowships

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Application Deadline: January 17, 2020

Fellowship Summary
Submission Information
List of elements for application

Fellowship Summary

Coastal Management and Digital Coast 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 and three will be placed with a Digital Coast partner. For 2020 state project descriptions for both fellowships, see the document list on the right sidebar - applicants are eligible for any of the projects regardless of where they live. 

This two-year opportunity offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement. The current salary is $42,000 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 2020 fellowship, applicants must complete a master’s or other advanced degree from an accredited California university between January 1, 2019, and July 31, 2020, 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 state projects, please visit NOAA Office for Coastal Management: Coastal Management Fellowship.

For more information on the Digital Coast projects please visit NOAA Office for Coastal Management: Digital Coast Fellowship

Submission Information

The electronic files comprising your application must be submitted as PDFs using eSeaGrant, California Sea Grant’s online submission portal:



You will need to register for an account (click on the banner labeled “Register”) in eSeaGrant if you have not done so in the past year. You can change the randomly generated password once you log in successfully into the website.  To apply for this fellowship, follow eSeaGrant instructions specific for this opportunity.

Please make sure to include your last name in the file names for each section of the proposal (e.g., Smith_statement.pdf or Smith_cv.pdf). When naming the document please do not use apostrophes. Once submitted through the website, PDFs may not be edited. To change a PDF, it must be deleted and resubmitted.

IMPORTANT: To maintain confidentiality, letters of recommendation may be submitted directly from the referee to CASG through eSeaGrant and must be submitted by the application deadline to be considered. Letters may also be emailed to Please address letters to Dr. Shauna Oh, Director, California Sea Grant.  Late submissions may lead to the rejection of incomplete applications. Candidates are encouraged to work with referees to meet the deadline. 

For electronic files larger than 6 MB, contact to make other arrangements.

Only Acrobat documents (pdf) are accepted.

For technical issues with submitting your application through eSeaGrant please contact Nick Sadrpour at or (858) 246-5269.

Application deadline: January 17, 2019, 11:59 PM PST

NOTE: the eSeaGrant proposal portal will close at the date and time stated above, and late applications (even 1 minute late) cannot be accepted.  It is your responsibility to get materials submitted before the deadline.

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).
  • Two letters of recommendation, including one from the student's major professor. If no principal professor exists, the faculty member who is most familiar with the applicant's academic work may be substituted. 
  • Unofficial copies of all undergraduate and graduate student transcripts.


Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm PT, January 17, 2020, 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 17, 2020 - Applications due from candidates
  2. January - February, 2020 - Interviews held by California Sea Grant
  3. Friday, March 13, 2020 - Finalists selected by NOAA Office for Coastal Management 
  4. April 27 - May 1, 2020 - Matching workshop in Charleston, South Carolina 
  5. August 2020 - Fellowship begins
  6. August 2022 - Fellowship ends


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