Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowship

2020 Application is now closed.

Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowships provide on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students by matching students with state coastal resource agencies and nonprofit organizations to work on projects proposed by the hosts and selected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management.

This is a two-year opportunity (August 2020-August 2022) that offers a $42,000 annual salary, medical benefits, and relocation and travel expense reimbursement.

2020 Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowship projects

  • Mitigating Multiple Loss Properties: Guidance and Training for Coastal Communities, Madison, Wisconsin
  • California State Coastal Conservancy’s Wetland Recovery Project, Oakland, California
  • A Roadmap to Protection: Understanding the Costs of Adaptation, Dover, Delaware 
  • Update the Draft Seashore Reserve Plan, Hagatna, Guam 
  • Resilience and Public Recreational Lands in Maryland: Developing Strategies for On-the-ground Climate Adaptation, Annapolis, Maryland
  • Building Our National Capacity to Protect Coastal Wetland Migration Pathways: Assessing Stakeholder Needs and Creating Transferable Communications Tools, Prudence Island, Rhode Island
  • Building Capacity to Use Existing Digital Coast Tools and Resources for Implementing Nature-Based Solutions after a Major Hurricane, Florida Keys, Florida
  • Implementation and Improvement of the Texas Coastal Nonpoint Source Pollution Program, Austin, Texas
  • Updating the St. Thomas East End Reserves (STEER) Management Plan to Recover and Improve Coastal Resilience in the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Application timeline

  • Applications due January 17, 2020 to Julianna White at Lake Champlain Sea Grant (julianna.m.white [at]
  • Interviews by Lake Champlain Sea Grant will be completed by February 14, 2020.
  • Finalist notifications by March 20, 2020. (18 finalists will be announced; but only 9 finalists will receive placements.)
  • Placements will be decided in a workshop to match hosts with fellows in Charleston, SC, April 27 to May 1, 2020.

Eligibility and application materials

  • Any U.S. citizen who will complete a master’s or other advanced degree program in natural resource management or environment-related studies at an accredited U.S. university between January 1, 2019, and July 31, 2020, is eligible to apply for the Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowships. 
  • Students from a broad range of environmental programs are encouraged to apply. 
  • All applications must include the following items: 
    1. Resume or curriculum vitae (not to exceed two pages using 12 pt. 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 less).
    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.

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