The fellowship programs available to SMEA students provide unique and valuable work opportunities. For more information on each of these opportunities, see the Post-Graduate Fellowships page or invoke the associated links in the following descriptions.
The Knauss Sea Grant Fellowship matches highly qualified graduate students with hosts in the legislative branch, the executive branch, or appropriate associations/institutions located in the Washington, D.C. area for a one-year paid fellowship. Each year about two SMEA students become Knauss Fellows. The Sea Grant program administers this fellowship. Applications are due in mid-February.
NOAA Coastal Services Center Coastal Management Fellowship provides professional on-the-job education and training opportunities for post-graduate students in coastal resource management and policy. Fellows are placed with state hosts around the U.S. in state coastal zone management programs. For two years, the recipient will work on substantive state-level coastal resource management issues that pertain to federal management policies and regulations. Usually one SMEA student per year becomes a Coastal Management Fellow. Applications are due at the end of January each year.
The West Coast Sea Grant Fellowship provides opportunities to work on the West Coast Governors’ Agreement on Ocean Health (WCGA). A fellow is selected for a 2-year placement in a state or federal agency in Washington, Oregon or California. Applications are due in October.
The Marc Hershman Marine Policy Fellowship is a nine-month program placing fellows in Washington State agencies to work on ocean and coastal science and management issues. Applications are due in April.
The Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) is designed to attract to the federal service outstanding graduate students from a wide variety of academic disciplines who have an interest in, and commitment to, a career in the analysis and management of public policies and programs. All cabinet departments and more than 50 federal agencies have hired Presidential Management Fellows. SMEA usually has one graduate a year who receives the PMF.
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