Student Fellowships and Awards

Genevieve Johnson

State Fellow Genevieve Johnson identifies invertebrates from a beam trawl catch. Photo by Alicia Flores.

Fellowships for graduate students in marine sciences and policy

Alaska Sea Grant State Fellowship Program

A professional opportunity for soon-to-graduate or recently finished graduate students interested in the science and policy needed to keep our marine resources healthy. Learn more about the Alaska Sea Grant State Fellowship.

Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

For graduate students interested in national policy decisions affecting coastal and ocean resources. Recipients spend a year in the Washington, DC area in an executive or legislative position, working on substantive national policy issues related to aquatic resources. Applications are due each February for fellowships beginning the following February. Learn more about the Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship.

NOAA Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowships

NOAA is recruiting candidates for the 2022 Coastal Management Fellowship and Digital Coast Fellowship programs. These fellowships provide on-the-job education and training in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students, and provide project assistance to state coastal zone management agencies and other key NOAA partners. The twelve fellowship positions start in August 2022, and are available with the California Coastal Commission, California Coastal Conservancy, and the coastal programs in Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Oregon, and three hosted by Digital Coast Partners: the Coastal States Organization in partnership with the Association of State Floodplain Managers, the National States Geographic Information Council, and The Nature Conservancy.

For the 2022 fellowship, applicants must be U.S. citizens who will complete a master’s or other advanced degree at an accredited U.S. university between August 1, 2020, and July 31, 2022. A broad range of degrees are applicable to the fellowship because the projects are varied among the host organizations. This two-year opportunity offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement. Learn about eligibility requirements, descriptions of the projects, and guidance on how to apply.

Application packages must be submitted to the Sea Grant office in the state where you received your degree by Friday, January 21, 2022.

NMFS–Sea Grant Joint Fellowship Program

For PhD students interested in careers related to marine ecosystem and population dynamics, with a focus on modeling and managing systems of living marine resources; OR economics of the conservation and management of living marine resources. Fellows work with a mentor from NOAA Fisheries. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and currently enrolled as a PhD student.

Applications should be submitted to Alaska Sea Grant. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Alaska Sea Grant as early as possible. Applications are due to Alaska Sea Grant in late January. This fellowship can provide support for up to three years. 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. Learn more about the NMFS–Sea Grant Joint Fellowships.

Fellowships for undergraduate or graduate students

Kathryn E. and John P. Doyle Scholarship

This scholarship supports female graduate and undergraduate students pursuing a degree in science and attending the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The scholarship was created by John Doyle in honor of his wife Kathryn and the commitment to women in science that they both shared. Doyle was an assistant director of Alaska Sea Grant, after helping establish and lead the Marine Advisory Program at the University of Alaska in the late 1960s. Learn more about the Doyle Scholarship.

Fellowships for undergraduate students

Community-Engaged Internship for Undergraduate Students

Sea Grant programs across the United States are accepting applications for full-time, 10-week paid summer internships for undergraduate students from indigenous or underrepresented communities who are pursuing careers in marine policy, marine science, science communication or other STEM-related field.

The interns, based at a Sea Grant office or at a partner organization, will work under the supervision of Sea Grant mentors or scientists working on Sea Grant-funded projects. They will receive paid job experience as they support Sea Grant’s work to enhance the sustainable use and conservation of marine, coastal and watershed resources. Learn more about the Community-Engaged Internship.


Student awards

Alaska Marine Science Symposium

alaska marine science symposium logoThe Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Alaska’s premier marine research conference, has brought together scientists, educators, resource managers, students, and interested public for over 20 years to discuss the latest marine research being conducted in Alaska waters. More than 800 people attend this 4-day conference held each January.

Alaska Sea Grant sponsors awards for the best graduate student poster presentations at the master’s and PhD levels.

Other organizations sponsor awards for for the best oral presentation at the master’s and PhD levels and the best high school and undergraduate student posters.

Learn more about student awards