The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium manages and offers several fellowships each year in conjunction with the National Sea Grant College Program and other federal partners, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Marine Fisheries Service.

The NOAA Ocean Acidification Program (OAP)/Mid-Atlantic Sea Grant (MASGP) Ocean Acidification Graduate Research Fellowship (CLOSED FOR 2019)

The overall goal of this fellowship is to develop ocean acidification (OA) researchers who can respond rapidly to the anticipated ocean acidification in the Mid-Atlantic region. This two-period fellowship (covering the 2018-2019 academic years) provides hands-on experience in translating research results to coastal and marine stakeholders through a professional mentor and offers unique professional development training opportunities. While supporting other exceptional graduate students already engaged in education and research that furthers the goals of the MASGP and OAP, the Ocean Acidification Graduate Research Fellow will address issues relevant to coastal ecosystems and communities related to coastal and ocean acidification in order to improve understanding of the potential ecological consequences of increasing carbon dioxide concentration in regional coastal waters. Through these fellowships MASGP and OAP will achieve their goals of 1) increasing OA knowledge and research capacity in the Mid-Atlantic region through education and workforce development; 2) addressing key priority research needs on OA within the Mid-Atlantic region, and; 3) transferring fellowship research OA knowledge to relevant stakeholders through outreach and extension.

Potential OA Fellows must already be enrolled in an accredited university and have an academic advisor who will act as the primary mentor for their education and research. The opportunity is open to students in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York or Virginia. A total of six OA research fellowships are available – one in each Mid-Atlantic state and one from the total pool of applicants.

For more information on the Ocean Acidification Graduate Research Fellowship, please visit noaa.gov or click here (students apply through e-SeaGrant). And  here is further instructions on how to apply.

The NOAA/Sea Grant Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowship (CLOSED FOR 2019)

This fellowship provides two years of on-the-job education and training in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students. The program matches postgraduate students with state coastal resource agencies and nonprofit organizations to work on coastal projects proposed by state officials and selected by the NOAA Office for Coastal Management. Also view the updated ‘digital coast’ announcement here.

For more information on the Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowship, go to: http://coast.noaa.gov/fellowship/.

The NOAA/Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship (CLOSED FOR 2019)

This opportunity matches graduate students interested in ocean resources and the national policy decisions affecting them with “hosts” in the Washington, D.C. area for a one-year paid fellowship. Any student, regardless of citizenship, is eligible if enrolled towards a degree in an accredited graduate program.  Interested applicants must apply through their local Sea Grant Program.  New Jersey applicants are strongly encouraged to reach out to Dr. Peter Rowe or Ms. Claire Antonucci a minimum of one month prior to the state application deadline to provide notification of their intent to apply and request application support. Applicants should also allow sufficient time to schedule an interview at the program’s request.

For more information on the Knauss Fellowship, go to: http://seagrant.noaa.gov/Knauss.

The NOAA Fisheries/Sea Grant Joint Graduate Fellowship Program in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics 


This fellowship is designed to strengthen the collaboration between Sea Grant and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). The Fellowship is available to US citizens who are graduate students enrolled in PhD degree programs in academic institutions in the United States and its territories. Fisheries Fellows will work on thesis problems of public interest and relevance to NMFS at participating NMFS Science Centers or Laboratories under the guidance of NMFS mentors.

For more information on the NOAA Fisheries/Sea Grant Fellowships, please visit the website.

Please note: If you are enrolled at an accredited institution of higher education in New Jersey or are a New Jersey resident you must apply for the above mentioned fellowships through New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium. Please contact Dr. Peter Rowe732-872-1300, ext. 31 or Claire Antonucci732-872-1300, ext. 22 for further information regarding this process.