Fellowships

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

 

National Marine Fisheries Service/Sea Grant Fellowship

The NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship Program in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics is designed to help Sea Grant fulfill its broad educational responsibilities and to strengthen the collaboration between Sea Grant and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Since 1999, Sea Grant and NMFS have partnered to train students through this joint fellowship program in two specialized areas: population and ecosystem dynamics as well as marine resource economics. Population and ecosystem dynamics involve the study of fish populations and marine ecosystems to better assess fishery stock conditions and dynamics. 

The goals of the NOAA Fisheries/Sea Grant Fellowship Program are: 

  • To encourage qualified applicants to pursue careers in either population and ecosystem dynamics and stock assessment or in marine resource economics 
  • To increase available expertise related to these fields 
  • To foster closer relationships between academic scientists and NOAA Fisheries 
  • To provide real-world experience to graduate students and accelerate their career development.

Timeline:

  • Applicaition Due: January 26, 2018
  • Fellowship begins: August 1, 2018
  • Period of fellowship: up to two years

Eligibility: The Fisheries Fellowship is available to US citizens who are graduate students enrolled in PhD degree programs in academic institutions in the United States and its territories. Only U.S. citizens are eligible to apply. Foreign Nationals are not eligible.

Length of Fellowship: Ph.D. candidates interested in the population and ecosystem dynamics of living marine resources and the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing their status can receive up to three years of funding. Ph.D. students in marine resource economics, concentrating on the conservation and management of living marine resources, can receive two years of funding.

How to Apply: Students should submit applications to a Sea Grant Program and not submit information directly into grants.gov. Only U.S. citizens are eligible to apply. Foreign Nationals are not eligible. Student applications are due to Sea Grant Programs by 5:00 pm local time on January 26, 2018. Sea Grant Programs must transmit the application via Grants.gov by 5:00 pm, Eastern Time February 23, 2018. There are two separate funding numbers for the two portions of this competition.

Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Federal Funding Opportunity - NOAA-OAR-SG-2018-2005442

Marine Resource Economics Federal Funding Opportunity - NOAA-OAR-SG-2018-2005450

To obtain the RFP, please visit www.grants.gov.

Award and Expenses: The award for each Fellowship, contingent upon the availability of Federal funds, will be in the form of a grant or cooperative agreement of $46,000 per year ($38,333 in federal dollars and $7,667 in matching dollars). The award provided to each Fellow is for salary (stipend), living expenses, tuition, and travel necessary to carry out the proposed research and to attend the annual Fellows meeting (at rotating locations).

Application Submission: Applications should be sent electronically to Dr. Kristine Stepenuck (kris.stepenuck@uvm.edu) by January 26, 2018. Please use the subject line "NMFS/SG Fellowship." Include with your submission a completed application cover page

Letters of recommendation may be sent by email or, alternatively, by mail to:

NMFS/SG 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 within several days, 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:

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


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 https://coast.noaa.gov/fellowship/. Once selected (in late 2016), available projects will be described at: https://coast.noaa.gov/fellowship/stateprojects.html

Deadline: Friday, January 19, 2018

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, 2017, and July 31, 2018, is eligible. Students from a broad range of environmental programs are encouraged to apply. Students from non-U.S. institutions are not eligible. To apply to Lake Champlain Sea Grant, the applicant should have earned their advanced degree within the Lake Champlain Watershed or Vermont.

Application Requirements: All applications must include the following: 

  • A completed application cover page.
     
  • Resume or curriculum vitae (not to exceed 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 January 19, 2018. Please use the subject line "Coastal Management Fellowship."

Letters of recommendation may be sent by email or, alternatively, 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 within several days, 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.

 


 

SEA GRANT JOHN A. KNAUSS MARINE POLICY FELLOWSHIP

Information: National Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

The new deadline for the 2018 fellowship is February 21, 2017.

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 21, 2017, 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 new deadline to apply for the 2018 fellowship is February 21, 2017. 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, 2018 through January 31, 2019. The Sea Grant program receives and administers the overall cooperative agreement of $61,500 and optional additional fellowship-related travel, relocation and other funds on behalf of each fellow selected from their program. Of this amount, the eligible Sea Grant program provides $47,500 to each fellow for salary/stipend for the first twelve months of the fellowship. Other allowable expenses are: fringe benefits, travel expenses for placement week, health insurance, and academic- and fellowship-related travel expense. Any funds remaining after salary and fringe are accounted for must first be used to support travel of the fellow to placement week, and then to the other allowable expenses indicated above.

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 2018 fellowships, students must be enrolled in a graduate or professional program on the application deadline date of February 21, 2017, 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). There is a maximum of 1000 words. Please use standard margins and fonts. Please 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).
     
  • Copies of all official undergraduate and graduate student transcripts
     
  • Listing of classes and/or plans for spring, summer and fall 2017 (not to exceed one page).
     
  • For applicants from states not served by an eligible Sea Grant Program or Project, but applying through an eligible Sea Grant Program or Project, a written statement from the national Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship Program Manager referring the applicant to the most appropriate eligible Sea Grant Program or Project, must be included as part of that applicant's application package to the state Sea Grant Program or Project.

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 5:00 p.m. EST on February 21, 2017. Please use the subject line "Knauss Fellowship."

Letters of recommendation may be sent by email or, alternatively, by mail to:

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

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

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.