Hints for success! Applications must come through the Duluth Sea Grant office. Pay attention to our deadlines, which often supersede those listed on applications. Students applying for fellowships are advised to contact Minnesota Sea Grant research coordinator Valerie Brady so that she can assist with the application process. Students wanting to intern with Minnesota Sea Grant should contact Doug Jensen.
Minnesota Sea Grant offers internships to graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in Minnesota colleges and universities. Interns apply their knowledge and skills acquired through coursework to help Minnesota Sea Grant fulfill its mission. Interns can work in the areas of outreach, communication, education or research. Contact Doug Jensen for details.
This scholarship pays up to $8,000 per school year for up to 2 years and includes a 10-wk, paid summer internship at a NOAA facility. Applicants must be US citizens, college sophomores, have a GPA at least 3.0, and be in a NOAA-related major. Applications available at the link above from November to January (due at end of January)
Graduate Research Support Fellowships
Support to conduct masters or doctorate research in the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS has 27 locations, including one on Lake Erie and in the new Lake Superior NERR on the St. Louis River estuary; www.nerrs.noaa.gov). Up to 22 fellowships will be awarded at $20,000 per year for up to 3 years. Please note that this application requires applicants to submit a research proposal, so potential applicants are urged to contact Valerie Brady very early in the process for assistance. For assistance submitting an application, contact Minnesota Sea Grant by September.
National Marine Fisheries Service — Sea Grant Joint Graduate Fellowship Program in Population Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics
Information below from 2013; 2014 information delayed due to federal funding delays. Check back in Dec.
These fellowships strengthen ties between Sea Grant and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Applicants must be enrolled in a PhD program at a U.S. university, and some institutional matching funds are required. Four fellowship awards are usually given, each with 2-3 years of support. Population Dynamics fellows will work on the dynamics of living marine resources and the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing their status. Marine Resource Economics fellows will work on development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing the status or economics of the conservation and management of living marine resources.
Fellowships include summer internships at participating NMFS Science Centers or Laboratories under the guidance of NMFS mentors. MN Sea Grant will assist applicants in writing a research proposal and locating an appropriate NMFS mentor, so applicants should contact Valerie Brady before the end of December. Applications are due to Minnesota Sea Grant Jan. 24, 2014 (tentative due to federal funding delays).
- Application information for Population Dynamics fellowship (PDF)
- Application information for Marine Resource Economics fellowship (PDF)
- See information about all students who have received these fellowships (XLS)
- See abstracts of previous projects (PDF)
Graduate Policy Internship Fellowships
The selected Fellow will work with members of the Great Lakes' science, policy and information/education communities to advance the environmental quality and sustainable economic development goals of the Great Lakes states. In so doing, the Fellow will contribute to and benefit from research coordination and policy analysis activities. The Fellow will be housed at the Great Lakes Commission offices in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for one year (June 1 to May 31). Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate program at a U.S. university. Applications due Feb. 28, 2014 to Minnesota Sea Grant.
This fellowhip provides a unique educational experience to students who have an interest in marine/ocean/Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. It is open to all students enrolled in a graduate or professional program in a marine- or aquatic-related field at a U.S.-accredited institution of higher learning. Fellows spend one calendar year (Feb. 1 – Jan. 31) in Washington, DC. The fellowship allows students to share their expertise with policy makers in Washington, and provides a first-hand look at how science is used in the policy arena and how decisions are made. Applicants must contact Valerie Brady by mid-Jan. to start the application process. Applications are due to Minnesota Sea Grant tentatively Feb. 14, 2014; information delayed due to federal funding delays.
Minnesota applicants are often successful; we have placed five Knauss Scholars in the last seven years.
See what Alaska Knauss Fellows think of their experience
(but apply through Minnesota Sea Grant)
Support for recent graduates with a master's, doctorate, or professional degree to provide assistance to state coastal zone management programs. Fellowships are for two years and match students to projects in a coastal or Great Lakes state (see projects at: www.csc.noaa.gov/cms/fellows/stateprojects.html). Competitive salary, benefits, travel, and relocation expenses. Degree must be completed between Jan. 1, 2013 and July 31, 2014. Contact Valerie Brady for application assistance. Applications are due to Minnesota Sea Grant Jan. 24, 2014.