Alaska Sea Grant State Fellowship Program

Deadline for Applications:  February 14, 2020

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 state or federal agencies for a 12-month paid fellowship.

See profiles of our State Fellows

General timeline

  • September: Call for hosts.
  • December: Call for fellows. Host applications due.
  • January: Confirm hosts.
  • February: Fellow applications due.
  • February-March: Alaska Sea Grant interviews eligible applicants; finalists are circulated to participating hosts.
  • March-April: Match fellows with hosts.
  • July (or later as negotiated): Begin 12-month fellowship.
  • Download the fellowship flyer (PDF)
Diana Perry looking into a large tank
Diana Perry observes weathervane scallops she studied at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Juneau. Photo by Paula Dobbyn/Alaska Sea Grant.
For Prospective Fellows

Apply to be a fellow

Please submit the following materials:

  • 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.

Questions and applications may be sent to Tara Borland, Program Manager, via email.


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.

Stipend and expenses

Each fellow will receive $47,500 in stipend for the twelve-month assignment (~$3,950/month). Additional funds will be available to cover travel for interviews and fellowship-related activity. Additional travel associated with the fellowship may be covered by the host agency. 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 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 amount of fellows placed each year is dependent upon available funding. Not all finalists receive placements, not all hosts receive fellows.

For Hosts

Position descriptions

Position descriptions for the 2020 Alaska Sea Grant State Fellowship opportunities. Placements are dependent upon available funding, and not all hosts are guaranteed fellows.