Lake Champlain Sea Grant is now accepting applications for two fellowship opportunities.  For additional details and application instructions, please click on the links below.

Coastal Management Fellowship 

Lake Champlain Sea Grant is recruiting candidates to the national Coastal Management Fellowship program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  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) Office for Coastal Management. This two-year opportunity offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement. For more information on fellowship eligibility and selection please visit http://www.coast.noaa.gov/fellowship/. The available projects are described at: https://coast.noaa.gov/fellowship/stateprojects.html

Deadline: Friday, 22 January 2016, 11:59 p.m. 

Eligibility: Any student who will complete a master's, doctoral, or professional degree program in natural resource management or environmental-related studies at an accredited U.S. university between January 1, 2015, and July 31, 2016, is eligible. Students from a broad range of environmental programs are encouraged to apply. Students from non-U.S. institutions are not eligible.

Application Requirements: All applications must include the following: 

  • A completed application cover page.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae (limit to 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 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.
  • Unofficial copies of all undergraduate and graduate student transcripts.

Application Submission: Applications should be sent electronically to Dr. Kristine Stepenuck (kris.stepenuck@uvm.edu) by 11:59 p.m. EST on January 22, 2016.  Letters of recommendation and transcripts can be sent by mail to:

Coastal Management Fellowship
Attn: Kris Stepenuck
Lake Champlain Sea Grant
RSENR, 81 Carrigan Drive
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT 05405

Confirmation of application receipt will be sent by email.  If you do not receive a confirmation or do not have email access, please contact Dr. Stepenuck (802-656-8504).

Please allow sufficient time for all application materials to be received before the deadline; incomplete applications will not be considered.

Selection Criteria: Finalists are selected based on the following criteria:

  1. Academic performance and diversity of educational background, including extracurricular activities, awards and honors.
  2. Endorsement of the applicant's Sea Grant Director.
  3. Support from two letters of recommendation, including one from the applicant's principal professor.
  4. Content of the applicant's goal statement.

All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of age, race, sex, creed, marital status, national origin, lawful political affiliation, religious preference or non-disqualifying physical handicap.




Information: National Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

The deadline for the 2017 fellowship is February 12, 2016.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Kristine Stepenuck at Lake Champlain Sea Grant with any questions about the application process or the fellowship.

Eligibility: This fellowship is available to any student regardless of citizenship, who, on February 12, 2016, is enrolled toward a degree in a graduate or professional program, and who has an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources, and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The applicant's graduate degree must be awarded through a U.S.-accredited institution of higher education in the United States or a U.S. Territory.

Deadlines: The deadline to apply for the 2017 fellowship is February 12, 2016. Applicants from Vermont or from the Lake Champlain Basin area of New York must apply to Lake Champlain Sea Grant. Lake Champlain Sea Grant will convene a selections committee to review all applicants and will forward on highest ranking candidates to the National Sea Grant office for final selections.

Terms of appointment: The fellowship will be for a period of one year starting February 1, 2017. Each fellow will receive compensation of $45,000 to cover living expenses (per diem); an additional $9,000 will be provided to cover mandatory health insurance and moving expenses. Any remaining funds of the $9,000 shall be used for the fellow during the fellowship year, first to satisfy academic degree-related activities, and second for fellowship-related activities. In addition, up to $2,500 will be available to cover placement week costs. During the fellowship, the host organization may provide supplemental funds for work-related travel by the Fellow.

Applicants should seek competent advice on income tax status of the stipend for their situation.  The application information page at National Sea Grant has details on stipend and expenses.

Qualifications and application: For 2017 fellowships, students must be enrolled in a graduate or professional program on the application deadline date of February 12, 2016, but may graduate prior to the start of the fellowship. Every applicant's graduate degree must be awarded by a U.S­ accredited institution of higher education in the United States or a U.S. Territory. Applicants will be judged on academic record, stated education and career goals, communication skills (written and verbal), ability to work with people, recommendations, prior studies and work experience in marine or  aquatic-relatted fields, and diversity of academic background.

For additional information: Contact Kristine Stepenuck, Extension Program Leader, Lake Champlain Sea Grant, at (802) 656-8504 or Kris.Stepenuck@uvm.edu.  Please also see the National Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship website for additional information: http://seagrant.noaa.gov/FundingFellowships/KnaussFellowship/ProspectiveFellows.aspx.

Guidelines for Application

Applications must include the following:

  • A completed application cover page.
  • Two signed letters of recommendation, including one from the student's major professor; if no major professor exists, a faculty member who best knows the applicant in an academic context may be substituted.
  • A personal education and career goal statement that emphasizes the applicant's abilities (what you bring to the program), expectations of the fellowship experience (what you expect to get from the program), and how the fellowship supports the applicant's career development (what the fellowship means to you).  Maximum of 1000 words or less, and please use standard margins and fonts. The essay may include your placement preference in the Legislative or Executive Branches of the federal government. This preference will be honored to the extent possible.
  • Personal and academic curriculum vitae (not to exceed two pages).
  • Listing of classes and/or plans for spring, summer and fall 2016 (not to exceed one page).

Knauss Fellowships: Creating an Application has excellent tips for putting together an application, including a listing of some of the key issues the selection panel will focus on.

Applications should be professional in appearance and must be carefully checked for typographic errors, spelling, and grammar. 

All applicants will be evaluated using only their submitted application package, using the selection criteria listed below, drawn from the Full Funding Opportunity announcement.  Other materials will not be considered.   

Applications should be sent electronically to Dr. Kristine Stepenuck (kris.stepenuck@uvm.edu) by 11:59 p.m. EST on February 12, 2016. Letters of recommendation and transcripts can be sent by mail to:

Kristine Stepenuck
Lake Champlain Sea Grant
RSENR, Aiken Center
81 Carrigan Dr
Burlington, Vermont 05405

Evaluation Criteria

In the primary program-level review, the following evaluation criteria and their relative weights will be as follows:

  1. Recommendations and/or endorsements of student (15 percent total): Endorsement/content of the letter from the applicant's major professor, and the second letter of recommendation.
  2. Academic record and statement of career goals and objectives of student (45 percent total): Quality of the applicant's personal education and career goal statement (30 percent); strength of academic performance (15 percent).
  3. Additional relevant experience (40 percent total) related to diversity of education, extracurricular activities, honors and awards, and interpersonal, written, and oral communications skills. For the Knauss Sea Grant Fellowship Program, relevant experience should be in marine or aquatic-related fields.

At the national review, the evaluation criteria are identical to those used at the state level, except that in criteria (1), the letter of endorsement from the sponsoring Sea Grant program director will also be considered.