Coastal Management & Digital Coast Fellowships




Applications are due in January.

See lists of current and past graduate fellows supported by Maryland Sea Grant.

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 fellowship offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement.


Any U.S. citizen 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 are encouraged to apply. Students who are not U.S. citizens or who attend non-U.S. institutions are not eligible.


The current salary is $42,000 per year. In the second year of the fellowship, a locality pay factor may be added to the salary, depending on the location of the fellowship.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted to the Maryland Sea Grant office in January. Please contact Maryland Sea Grant well before the application deadline to indicate your interest.

All applications must include:

  1. Resume or curriculum vitae (not to exceed two pages using 12-point font).
  2. Statement of the applicant's goals with emphasis on what the applicant expects from and can contribute to the fellowship experience (500 words or fewer).
  3. Two letters of recommendation, including one from the applicant's principal professor. If no principal professor exists, the faculty member who is most familiar with the applicant's academic work may be substituted.
  4. Unofficial copies of all undergraduate and graduate student transcripts.

E-mail your resume, statement, and transcripts as a single PDF to Olivia Isaacs at Recommendation letters (signed and on letterhead) may be sent directly to Ms. Isaacs from the recommender via email or postal mail.

In early February, applicants will interviewed by Dr. Fredrika Moser, Maryland Sea Grant Director. Up to three applications will be selected to move on to the national competition.

Maryland Sea Grant Contact

Michael Allen, Associate Director for Research and Administration

Maryland Sea Grant College
(301) 405-7500

For More Information

To find out more about this fellowship, visit the Office of Coastal Management website.

Download the:

Coastal Management Fellowship Announcement

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