January 2, 2012

Lake Champlain Sea Grant is recruiting candidates to the national Coastal Management Fellowship programsponsored 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) Coastal Services Center.   A description of the 2012 state projects is available at http://www.csc.noaa.gov/cms/fellows/stateprojects.html.  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.csc.noaa.gov/cms/fellows.html.

Deadline: Friday, 27 January 2012, 5:00 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, 2011, and July 31, 2012, is eligible.  Students from a broad range of environmental programs are encouraged to apply.  Students from non-U.S. institutions are not eligible.

Application materials: Complete applications must include the following: 

  • Resume or curriculum vitae (limit to two pages).
  • 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 jurij.homziak@uvm.edu by 5 pm EST on January 27, 2012. Letters of recommendation and transcripts can be sent by mail to:

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

Confirmation of application receipt will be sent by return email.  If you do not receive a confirmation or do not have email access, please contact Dr. Homziak.

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.