Overview of California Sea Grant Fellowship Programs
National Sea Grant College Federal Fellows Program was established in 1979 to provide a unique educational experience to students who have an interest in marine/ocean/Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources.
The program, which is sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Sea Grant College Program, matches highly qualified graduate students with hosts in the legislative branch, executive branch, or appropriate associations/institutions located in the Washington, D.C., area for a one-year paid fellowship. The program is named after former NOAA administrator John A. Knauss.
California Sea Grant's State Fellows Program provides a unique educational opportunity for graduate students who are interested both in marine resources and in the policy decisions affecting those resources. The program matches highly motivated and qualified graduate students with "hosts" in California state agencies for a 12-month paid fellowship ($3,166 per month). In the past, Sea Grant Fellows have been assigned to the California Ocean Resources Management Program, California Ocean Protection Council, California Ocean Science Trust, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, NOAA Coastal Services Center, West Coast Regional Office, and CALFED Science Program (now Delta Science Program), among others. Selection of finalists is made by the California Sea Grant College Program, and assignments are decided in consultation with potential fellowship "hosts."
The Coastal Management Fellowship was established in 1996 to provide 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. 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) Coastal Services Center. This two-year opportunity offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement. As a partner, California Sea Grant provides assistance and support of this fellowship by interviewing fellow applicants in the initial selection process; endorsing up to three (3) fellow candidates each year; and participating in the fellow and project selection panels. For detailed information on eligibility and selection please visit http://www.csc.noaa.gov/cms/fellows.html and http://www.csc.noaa.gov/cms/fellows/faq.html.
The West Coast Sea Grant programs in Washington, Oregon, and California sponsored four West Coast Sea Grant Fellows to collaboratively support implementation of common elements of the West Coast Governors’ Agreement on Ocean Health (WCGA) and the Sea Grant West Coast Regional Research and Information Needs Report. Each Fellow will be placed for two years in a state or federal agency that is directly involved in implementation of the WCGA Action Plan. The fellowship program is intended to enhance regional coordination and the implementation of the WCGA Action Plan. Any individual, regardless of citizenship, who is a student in good standing on May 1, 2010, in a marine-related graduate or professional program at a US-accredited institution of higher education in California, Oregon or Washington is eligible to apply. Applications are due on October 7, 2010. Please view the full fellowship announcement for more information.
The Graduate Fellowship Program awards at least two new Ph.D. fellowships each year to students who are interested in careers related to the population dynamics of living marine resources and the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing their status. Fellows will work on thesis problems of public interest and relevance to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) under the guidance of NMFS mentors at participating NMFS Science Centers or Laboratories.
The Graduate Fellowship Program generally awards two new Ph.D. fellowships 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. Fellows will work on thesis problems of public interest and relevance to NMFS under the guidance of NMFS mentors at participating NMFS Science Centers or Laboratories.