Sea Grant Fellowships

Fellowship opportunities in marine policy, fisheries, and coastal management are available through the Delaware Sea Grant College Program. Students interested in pursuing one of these fellowships should contact Lisa Ridenour (phone 302-831-4100, email lridenou@udel.edu) for more information.

Current Opportunities

Ocean Acidification Graduate Research Fellowship

The overall goal of the Ocean Acidification Graduate Research Fellowship is to develop ocean acidification researchers for the Mid-Atlantic region to respond rapidly to the anticipated acidification in the region's oceanic, coastal, and estuarine waters. The fellowship will support exceptional graduate students who are engaged in education and research that furthers the goals of the Mid-Atlantic Sea Grant Program and NOAA Ocean Acidification Program. Fellows should focus on improving understanding of the potential consequences of acidification for coastal ecosystems and communities and on transferring knowledge to relevant stakeholders through outreach and extension. Projects may encompass natural and/or social science research topics.

The fellowship for the two-year period covering the 2018-19 and 2019-20 academic years is open to full-time graduate students at any academic institution in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Virginia who are engaged in coastal and marine research relevant to regional ocean, coastal, and estuarine acidification. In addition to supporting the student’s academic expenses, the fellowship will provide additional professional development opportunities throughout its duration focusing on science communication, coastal and marine management, community outreach, and other Sea Grant and Ocean Acidification Program activities and mission priorities. The Mid-Atlantic Sea Grant Programs in partnership with the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program are accepting proposals until 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, April 13, 2018. Proposal instructions and submission procedures can be found on the eSeaGrant website hosted by Virginia Sea Grant.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Delaware Sea Grant Acting Director, Edward Lewandowski (edlew@udel.edu or 302-645-4253) to express their initial interest in submitting an application.

All Delaware applicants must contact Lori Hans (lhans@udel.edu or 302-831-8283) to seek guidance/assistance with creating their budgets, and submitting their proposal through UD’s Sponsored Programs Office which is required 3 business days prior to the sponsor deadline of 4/13/18, and prior to submitting the proposal through e-SeaGrant.

Upcoming Opportunities

John A. Knauss Policy Fellowship

The National Sea Grant College Program Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship provides a unique educational experience to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The 2020 Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship will be posted to Grants.gov in Fall 2018.

NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship Program

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) Coastal Services Center.

Details concerning this fellowship can be found at: https://coast.noaa.gov/fellowship/.

Please contact Lisa Ridenour (lridenou@udel.edu)  if you are interested in pursuing this opportunity or have any questions.

National Marine Fisheries Service – Sea Grant Fellowship Programs in Population Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics

Fisheries Fellows will work on issues of public interest and relevance to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Internships are housed at participating NMFS Science Centers or Laboratories under the guidance of NMFS mentors. Prospective fellows must be United States citizens and at the time of application must be admitted or provisionally accepted to a doctoral degree program.

Please contact Lisa Ridenour (lridenou@udel.edu)  if you are interested in pursuing this opportunity or have any questions.

Delaware Sea Grant / Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve Fellowships 

Graduate students studying environmental science, engineering and social science are invited to apply for research fellowships offered in partnership with the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR).

Research should be directed toward at least one of the following DNERR priorities:

  • Understanding the observed and predicted effects of climate change, sea level rise and other human impacts on Delaware’s coastal ecosystems;
  • Quantification of ecosystems services provided by coastal Delaware habitats; or
  • Examination or implementation of wetland restoration techniques for protecting and enhancing resiliency to contaminants, invasive species, nutrient
    loading, coastal storms, etc.

More information and the application are available here.


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