Alaska Sea Grant State Fellowship Program

The application period for the 2023 State Fellowship has closed. If you are a prospective fellow or host, please check back this winter for instructions to apply for the 2024 State Fellowship.

A unique professional opportunity for soon-to-graduate or recently finished graduate students interested in the science and policy needed to keep our marine resources healthy.

Modeled after the highly successful Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, the state fellowship program provides an opportunity to acquire on-the-job experience in the planning and implementation of marine resource policies and programs in Alaska. The program matches highly motivated graduate students and recent graduates with hosts in Alaska-based organizations or agencies for a 12-month paid fellowship. See the profiles of our State Fellows for examples of hosts from previous years.

See profiles of our State Fellows

Download the fellowship flyer

General timeline

  • December: Call for fellows and hosts.
  • February: Fellow and host applications due.
  • February-March: Eligible applicants interviewed.
  • March-April: Match fellows with hosts.
  • June–September: 12-month fellowships begin.

Download the Handbook for Current State Fellows

Recorded webinar

In January 2023, Alaska Sea Grant hosted an informational webinar about the Alaska Sea Grant State Fellowship and the Knauss Fellowship (Zoom recording, passcode: 2RDWCpT@). View the presentation slides that accompanied the webinar: 2023 Alaska Sea Grant fellowships presentation.

group of Alaska Sea Grant State fellows smiling in front of the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Raven statue in background.
(left to right): 2023 State Fellows James Currie, Benjamin Americus, Clay McKean, Noelle Helder, Robin McKnight, Karen Grosskreutz, Drew Porter (behind), Douglas Shaftel (front), Juliana Cornett (behind), and Michelle Trifari. Photo by Molly Cain/Alaska Sea Grant.
For Prospective Fellows

Apply to be a fellow

Alaska Sea Grant uses eSeaGrant for fellowship application submissions, including letters of recommendation. To access eSeaGrant and the fellowship application, register an account in eSeaGrant, and select the option to start your fellowship application. If you have previously created an account, or have been a student on a Sea Grant–funded research project, do not create a second account, instead contact us to help you access your existing account. You can review the application and instructions prior to submitting the application; you do not have to complete it in one sitting, and your progress will be saved.

We are here to provide assistance as needed; however, please do not wait until the last minute to apply.

You will submit the following materials with your application:

  • Personal and academic curriculum vitae (not to exceed two pages using 12 pt font).
  • A personal education and career goal statement that emphasizes the applicant’s abilities and expectations for the fellowship experience in the way of career development (1000 words or less).
  • Two letters of recommendation, including one from the student’s major professor. If no major professor exists, a letter from the faculty member who is most familiar with the applicant’s academic work may be substituted.
  • Copies of all undergraduate and graduate student transcripts. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.


Graduate students who are close to completing their degree or have a recently earned degree in a relevant discipline can apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, and in good academic standing while completing their degree at an academic institution. Alaska residents and students completing their degrees at Alaska institutions will be given preference. Fellows are required to be based in Alaska during the fellowship.

Stipend and expenses

For fellowships starting in 2023, each fellow will receive $60,000 in stipend for the twelve-month assignment (~$5,000/month). Additional funds will be available to cover travel for fellowship-related activity. Additional travel associated with the fellowship may be covered by the host. Fellowship income is taxable; please contact your tax advisor or the Internal Revenue Service for current information.

Length of assignment

The length of assignment is 12 months and is nonrenewable. The fellowship typically starts July 1, but other schedules may be arranged.

Selection Process

Successful applicants will interview with Alaska Sea Grant representatives via video conferencing. Finalists will be chosen and matched with several of the host agencies for final interviews. After all interviews are completed, placements will be determined. The number of fellows placed each year is dependent upon available funding. Not all finalists receive placements, not all hosts receive fellows.


If you have questions about the fellowship structure, positions, or the application process or documents, contact Molly Cain, Alaska Sea Grant Associate Director. For eSeaGrant technical issues or questions, contact Dave Partee.

For Hosts