Virginia Sea Grant 2016 Coastal Management Fellowship

Virginia Sea Grant is pleased to announce the availability of the 2016 Coastal Management Fellowship (click to download the complete 6-page factsheet PDF) for Virginia students.  Please share this email broadly with faculty and students that may have an interest in coastal and environmental science, management, policy, and planning.

The Coastal Management Fellowship is a two-year fellowship established to provide on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students.  The program matches postgraduate students from a variety of environmental disciplines with state coastal resource agencies to work on coastal projects proposed by the state and selected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management.  Any student completing a master’s, doctoral, or professional degree in natural resource management or environmental-related studies from an accredited U.S. university between January 1, 2015, and July 31, 2016 is eligible to apply.  Students from a broad range of environmental programs are encouraged to apply.


The 2016 state projects are:

San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission

San Francisco, California

Expand the San Francisco Bay Regional Sediment Program beyond the pilot stage and into new parts of the Bay Area.
California Coastal Commission

San Francisco, California

Help prioritize the California Coastal Commission’s climate preparedness and adaptation planning efforts through policy analysis and development of regional maps, products, and other tools.
New York Coastal Management Program

Albany, New York

Use cutting edge technologies to develop innovative public communication tools and create wiki-style mapping capabilities and mobile apps for collecting user-generated information to support community and regional resilience planning, offshore planning, and storm event response and recovery.
North Carolina Division of Coastal Management Morehead City, North Carolina Engage North Carolina coastal communities in an assessment of their vulnerability to coastal hazards and disruptions, and their needs for support in improving their resilience.
Washington Coastal Management Program

Olympia, Washington

Develop guidance and tools for improved implementation of shoreline armoring regulations in Puget Sound.
Wisconsin Coastal Management Program

Madison, Wisconsin

Compile a current and comprehensive public access inventory and develop mobile websites and apps to promote coastal heritage tourism and deep travel in Wisconsin.


The deadline for applications is January 22, 2016.  Virginia students must submit their application materials to Virginia Sea Grant via email to  Application requirements, selection process, and other information can be found on the NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship website:  Interested Virginia students are encouraged to contact Susan Park (, 804-684-7436) to discuss application content and submission.  Students from other states should contact their state Sea Grant Program.

The following fellowship opportunities are open (or will soon be open) to applications from Virginia graduate students:

Important Dates for Students

SPRING 2020 Semester (modified due to COVID-19)

MLK Day (university closed): Jan 20

First day of classes: Jan 21

Spring Break (extended): Mar 9-20

Dissertation/Thesis Deadline: May 8

Last day of classes: May 11

Reading Day(s): May 12

Final Exam Period: May 13-20

University Commencement: May 22 (tentative)

COVID-19 DATE CHANGES – For the complete modified spring calendar, see and for latest COVID-19 updates, see: