Sea Grant and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration offer several fellowship opportunities for Alaska graduate students interested in marine science and policy.
Closest to home is the Alaska Sea Grant State Fellowship Program, providing a unique professional opportunity for soon-to-graduate or recently finished graduate students interested in the science and policy needed to keep marine resources healthy. The program matches highly motivated students and/or recent graduates with hosts in Alaska-based state or federal agencies for a 12-month paid fellowship. Currently Jane Sullivan, Sarah Apsens, and Jennifer Marsh are working as Alaska Sea Grant State Fellows in Anchorage and Juneau, placed at NMFS and the National Park Service. Application deadline for students for the 2017-2018 fellowship is February 24, 2017. Selected fellows will begin jobs in summer/fall 2017.
The Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program seeks graduate students with an interest in national policy decisions affecting coastal and ocean resources. Fellows spend a year in the Washington, DC, area in an executive or legislative position, working on national policy issues. Alaska Sea Grant–sponsored Erin Shew is finishing up her year as a Knauss Fellow with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and Kelly Cates and Charlotte Regula-Whitefield will start their Knauss fellowships in early 2017. The deadline to apply for the 2018 National Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship is February 10, 2017.
The NOAA Fisheries (NMFS)–Sea Grant Fellowship is 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. Recipients work with a mentor from NOAA Fisheries. Fellows interested in population and ecosystem dynamics can receive up to three years of funding, and those in marine resource economics can receive two years of funding. The deadline for applicants is January 27, 2017.