Fellowship Opportunities: NOAA Graduate and Undergraduate (Deadlines approaching)

This is a reminder that application deadlines for the three NOAA graduate student fellowships and the NOAA undergraduate scholarship program listed below are coming right up. Here again are links for additional information and application materials for each of these opportunities, along with the deadlines for each:

Deadline – January 19:
Coastal Management Fellowship: http://www.seagrant.umaine.edu/funding/coastal-management

Deadline – January 26:
NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowships in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics: http://www.seagrant.umaine.edu/funding/nmfs-sg-fellowship

Deadline – January 31:
NOAA Hollings Scholarship for Undergraduates: http://www.seagrant.umaine.edu/funding/hollings-scholarship

Deadline – February 23:
Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship: http://www.seagrant.umaine.edu/funding/knauss

Thanks to those of you who have already helped to spread the word about these opportunities to potential applicants.

As always, if you know students who are interested, or who have applications in preparation, I am more than happy to speak with them directly via phone or email as questions arise.



Beth Bisson, Interim Director
Maine Sea Grant College Program
The University of Maine
5784 York Complex, Orono, Maine 04469
207-581-1435 – phone
207-581-1426 – fax
beth.bisson@maine.edu – email

Maine Sea Grant supports the responsible use and conservation of coastal resources in order to sustain thriving coastal communities and ecosystems.

Scholarship: NOAA Scholarship (Ernest F. Hollings) for Undergrads: Deadline to apply: 1/31/18

Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings (Hollings) scholarship program is designed to:

  1. increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities;
  2. increase public understanding and support for stewardship of the ocean and atmosphere and improve environmental literacy;
  3. recruit and prepare students for public service careers with NOAA and other natural resource and science agencies at the federal, state and local levels of government; and
  4. recruit and prepare students for careers as teachers and educators in oceanic and atmospheric science and to improve scientific and environmental education in the United States.

The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to a maximum of $9,500 per year) for full-time study during the 9-month academic year; a 10-week, full-time internship position ($700/week) during the summer at a NOAA facility; and academic assistance (up to a maximum of $9,500) for full-time study during a second 9-month academic year. The internship between the first and second years of the award provides the Scholars with “hands-on”/ practical educational training experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities. Awards also include travel funds to attend a mandatory NOAA Scholarship Program orientation, conferences where students present a paper or poster, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship.

Open for Applications!

Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 11:59 PM EST

For eligibility and application information, please visit: http://www.noaa.gov/office-education/hollings-scholarship

For FAQs about the program and application process, visit: http://www.noaa.gov/node/1853/

For more information, contact Student Scholarship Programs at: StudentScholarshipPrograms@noaa.gov

Fellowhip Opportunity: RAY Marine Conservation Diversity Fellowships (for ’17 alums & ’18 grads). Applications open January 2018

Ray Marine Conservation Fellows

Program Overview:

Inspired by efforts to increase racial diversity in the marine conservation field, The Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Marine Conservation Diversity Fellowship Program is a response to the call for mainstream environmental organizations to work to increase and provide supported career pathways for people of color within the field. The RAY Fellowship Program is a paid fellowship designed to equip recent college graduates with an undergraduate degree with the tools and support they need to become leaders in the ocean conservation field; one that fully represents the rich and diverse communities within the United States.

RAY Fellows will be placed within one of our member organizations for a year-long paid fellowship position, with the resources and support to develop experiences that will launch them onto a path of career growth in the conservation field. Fellows will work with mentors, grow their networks, and forge lasting relationships with their cohort of fellows. RAY Fellowship positions are full time paid positions with competitive entry-level salaries plus benefits. Fellows will also receive a stipend of $1,000 to go towards professional development opportunities, in addition to coordinated professional development through RAY Member Organizations.

Applications for the 2017-2018 Fellowship cycle will open in January 2018, and Fellowship positions will begin July 16, 2018.

Ideal Candidates:

The RAY Marine Conservation Diversity Fellowship looks for applicants that demonstrate:

  • Passion and capacity to exercise leadership and respond to social and environmental challenges
  • Willingness to actively contribute to the program as well as take advantage of its benefits
  • Commitment to the values of diversity and justice within the environmental and social change fields
  • The ability and desire to remain an active member of the RAY Fellows Network after the conclusion of the year-long Fellowship
  • Eagerness to connect with and learn from others

Review our application process, timeline, and eligibility requirements for more!

Internship Opportunity: Doris Duke Conservation Scholar Program (Paid- 2 yr program for undergrads) Apply by 1/31/18

We would like to let you know about an exciting program here at the University of Michigan–the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (DDCSP UM). DDCSP UM is a two-year research and internship opportunity for bright, curious undergraduate students interested in conservation, nature, and the environment. The program is aimed at bringing more undergraduates currently underrepresented in the environmental field into the conservation arena.

If you know any undergraduate students at your school or other colleges and universities who have a specific interest natural sciences, environmental studies/science, or conservation, we urge you to share with them the attached flyer.

In addition to a $4250 stipend, accepted students will also receive room and board, a discretionary allowance and travel expenses to and from Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Please note that the application deadline is January 31, 2018. The program dates are June 2nd through July 28th 2018. Detailed program information and application are available on our website at http://ddcsp-umich.com.

Please feel free to contact us at (734)936-0900 if you would like to discuss the DDCSP UM program further or e-mail us at seas-ddcsp@umich.edu. Please feel free to forward this message along. We apologize if you receive multiple emails. Thank you for your assistance.

Dr. Dorceta E. Taylor, Director
Kafi Laramore-Josey, Program Manager
Ima Otudor, Program Manager

Fellowship Opportunity: Sea Grant Maryland Paid Research Experience for Undergraduates. Application process begins Dec. 2017, deadline to apply: Feb 16, 2018

SEA GRANT MARYLAND Research Experience for Undergraduates
Each summer, Maryland Sea Grant’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports fifteen students to conduct marine research on the Chesapeake Bay. It’s a special opportunity to develop your research skills and interests by working with top scientists to study one of America’s most significant coastal resources.

The REU program, funded by the National Science Foundation, is designed for students majoring in marine science, ecology, environmental science, biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, and mathematics.

During the 12-week program, each student works with a mentor on an individual research project at one of the two marine labs at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences located on the Chesapeake Bay:

Applications for summer 2018 MDSG Research Experiences for for Undergraduates program will be accepted staring in December. Deadline: February 16, 2018
Research areas include:

  • Benthic environment
  • Climate change
  • Contaminants
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Estuarine processes
  • Fisheries
  • Modeling and analysis
  • Molecular biology and genetics
  • Physical oceanography

Each REU fellow will receive:

  • A stipend of $6,000
  • Housing costs
  • Round-trip travel expenses


Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and have completed at least two years of study towards (but not yet completed) a bachelor’s degree. Preference is given to students who are rising seniors. Students from underrepresented groups and institutions with limited research opportunities are especially encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Interested students are required to submit:

  • Application form
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
  • Unofficial or official transcripts
  • A list of courses in progress
  • Two letters of recommendation

Learn more about how to apply to the program.

Learn more about Maryland Sea Grant’s REU program

Alumni Fellowship Opportunity: NOLS Stewardship & Sustainability Internship (must relocate to Lander, Wyoming)

NOLS Stewardship & Sustainability Internship

Please pass this internship along to suiting recent graduates. Current students may apply but must commit to relocating on-site (Lander, Wyoming) for the internship. This year we are happy to announce that we can provide dorm-style housing for free. There is a small stipend to assist in basic living expenses.

Visit this link to learn more about the projects in store and how to apply.


I hope we get many qualified applicants!


1.307.335.2318 DIRECT

Fellowship Opportunity: Obama Foundation Fellowship

Obama Foundation Fellowship Opportunity

The Obama Foundation Fellowship program seeks to support outstanding civic innovators from around the world in order to amplify the impact of their work and to inspire a wave of civic innovation.

The Obama Foundation Fellows will be a diverse set of community-minded rising stars – organizers, inventors, artists, entrepreneurs, journalists, and more – who are altering the civic engagement landscape. By engaging their fellow citizens to work together in new and meaningful ways, Obama Foundation Fellows will model how any individual can become an active citizen in their community.

The inaugural class of 20 Fellows will be integral to shaping the program and the community of Fellows for future years. For this first class, we’re seeking participants who are especially excited about helping us design, test, and refine the Fellowship.

Our two-year, non-residential Fellowship will offer hands-on training, resources, and leadership development. Fellows will also participate in four multi-day gatherings where they will collaborate with each other, connect with potential partners, and collectively push their work forward. Throughout the program, each Fellow will pursue a personalized plan to leverage Fellowship resources to take their work to the next level.
The minimum age to apply is 18 years

Fellowship: National Audubon (through the ES Program) Deadline Extended

National Audubon Fellowship offered through Bowdoin’s Environmental Studies Program 

Duration: Internship dates approximately late May  to mid-August 2017

Location: Southern and mid-coast Maine at an island field camp
Housing and meals are provided (see details below) and provides a biweekly stipend of $525
For more info: National Audubon Maine Coast seabird nesting sanctuaries

Position Description: Audubon’s Seabird Restoration Program operates seven island field stations along the Maine coast as critical seabird nesting sanctuaries. Research Interns will work under the direction of the Island Supervisor, participating in all aspects of seabird research, monitoring, and management that take place at the field station. The majority of research projects focus on studying the nesting success and foods fed to seabird (tern and alcid) chicks, with most work focusing on terns.  Work includes, but is not limited to: conducting population censuses, monitoring productivity and chick growth; conducting seabird diet studies; banding and resighting birds; removing invasive vegetation; educating island visitors; and assisting with predator management.

Research Interns will live on island (a single island or group of islands) for the duration of the field season.  Interns assigned to inshore islands will have occasional trips to the mainland for logistics and resupplying the field camp, returning to the islands to work and sleep. On offshore islands, food, supplies, and mail are delivered approximately every 2 weeks. Research Interns will remain offshore for approximately eleven weeks. In a seabird colony, the birds are loud, and the terns defend their nests by dive-bombing anyone moving through the colony. Living conditions on the islands are primitive.  A cabin or wall tent serves as the base of field operations, and field team members sleep in their own tents (wooden tent platforms provided). Island field stations have limited electricity (solar panels power research needs), propane stoves, composting toilets, and no running water (rainwater is collected for washing; drinking water is brought from the mainland).  Communications with the mainland are via cell or VOIP phone, depending on location, with VHF radios available as a back-up mode of communication.  There is no Internet access.  Cooking, cleaning, and camp maintenance duties are shared by all island team members. Compensation is $262.50 per week. Food is provided.

For more information, see the webpage: http://www.bowdoin.edu/environmental-studies/fellowships-internships/national-audubon.shtml

To apply, follow the link: http://www.bowdoin.edu/environmental-studies/fellowships-internships/2017-applications.shtml

Fellowship Opportunity: The Horizons Fellowship Summer 2017

The Horizons Fellowship supports 10 outstanding university students in their pursuit to become leaders in technology. The program provides immersive software engineering and web/mobile development courses geared towards high-achieving college students. Students need not have a computer science background! Our curriculum, developed by ex-Salesforce and Optimizely engineers alongside PhD candidates in computer science, is designed to teach students how to build web, mobile, and desktop applications. We have 4-month semester programs and 3-month summer programs in cities across the U.S. For more information, visit https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/horizonsacademy/Horizons+Success+Stories.pdf

Application Process/Criteria:

  • Currently enrolled in (or recently graduated) an undergrad or graduate university program
  • Submission of resume and standardized test scores on www.joinhorizons.com
  • Series of fit and logic interviews
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis