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State Fellowship Program

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

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Alaska Sea Grant

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Fellowships providing a stipend of $42,000 to Alaska marine resources graduate students and recent graduates to participate in a unique professional opportunity. Institutions interested in hosting fellows must submit an application in January. This program matches highly-motivated individuals with Alaska-based state or federal agencies.

The Alaska Sea Grant State Fellowship Program provides a unique professional opportunity for soon-to-graduate or recently finished graduate students interested in the science and policy needed to keep our marine resources healthy. Modeled after the highly successful Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, the state fellowship program provides an opportunity to acquire on-the-job experience in the planning and implementation of marine resource policies and programs in the Alaska.

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 with a start date of July 2018, or later if negotiated. 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 2018 fellowships are due February 21, 2018.

General Timeline:
-November/December: Call for hosts
-December: Call for fellows issued
-January: Host applications due; hosts confirmed
-February: Fellow applications due
-March: Alaska Sea Grant interviews eligible applicants; finalists are circulated to participating hosts
-Late March or early April: Placement day to match fellows with hosts
-July (or later as negotiated): 12-month fellowship begins

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Information for Prospective Fellows:

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Contact Information:

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:

Paula Cullenberg, 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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USA: Alaska