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Fellowships for Alaska Students and Recent Graduates
to Gain Ocean Resource Management Experience

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Alaska Sea Grant

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Fellowships of $42,000 for Alaska graduate students and recent graduates to gain experience in the policy and program planning and implementation of marine resources. Institutions interested in hosting fellows must submit an application, as well. The program matches highly motivated graduate students and recent graduates with hosts in Alaska-based state or federal agencies for a 12-month paid fellowship.

The program strengthens the workforce dedicated to healthy fisheries and coastal environments by encouraging graduate students to launch careers in Alaska. It provides 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.

Information for Hosts:

Hosts of a Sea Grant Fellow are expected to supervise, mentor, and provide opportunities for involvement in substantive issues that contribute to the fellow’s professional accomplishments and goals. The fellow will be expected to participate at a full-time level within the host office and work on site and with other staff and/or agency leaders, as appropriate.

Alaska Sea Grant will recruit fellows through February with the goal of placing two or more highly qualified fellows within compatible agencies or offices. Hosts are not guaranteed a fellow will be placed in their organization.

Host responsibilities include
-Mentoring and supervising a fellow for one year
-Engaging the fellow in one or a few organized projects important to marine or fisheries science or policy
-Funding a portion of the fellowship through Alaska Sea Grant, a host commitment of $40,000
-If a host would like a second fellow for the same year, the host will take on 100% of the funding

Alaska Sea Grant responsibilities include:
-Recruiting and reviewing applications for the fellowship from soon-to-graduate or recently finished graduate students working in a relevant discipline. Students must either be completing their degree in an Alaska institution or be an Alaska resident to be eligible
-Hiring and placing the fellows in partnership and in consultation with the host
-Building a sense of cohort community among the fellows during the year and supporting the hosts throughout the process
-Cost-sharing the fellowship with the host agency

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177363

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each fellow will receive $42,000 in stipend for the twelve-month assignment ($3,500/month).

Additional funds will be available to cover travel for interviews and fellowship-related travel. Additional travel associated with the fellowship may be covered by the host agency.

Term of Contract:

The length of assignment is twelve months (nonrenewable). The fellowship starts July 1, but other schedules may be arranged.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Graduate students who are close to completing their degree or have a recently earned degree in a relevant discipline can apply.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and in good academic standing while completing their degree in an academic institution.

Alaska residents and students completing their degrees at Alaska institutions will be given preference.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for the 2019 fellowships are due February 8, 2019.

General Timeline:
-November: Call for hosts
-December: Call for fellows. Hosts applications due.
-January: Hosts confirmed
-February: Fellow applications due
-February - March: Alaska Sea Grant interviews eligible applicants; finalists are circulated to participating hosts
-March - April: Match fellows with hosts
-July (or later as negotiated): Begin 12-month fellowship

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Host applications can be submitted to:

Heather Brandon, Director of Alaska Sea Grant

For more information and to submit fellowship applications, contact:

Tara Borland, Program Manager
(907) 474-7014

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alaska