Rhode Island Sea Grant is dedicated to increasing knowledge and awareness of coastal and marine ecosystems for the next generation of professionals so that they may be stewards of these valuable resources. We are committed to providing hands-on educational opportunities for students across disciplines through fellowships, assistantships, and internships.


Rhode Island Sea Grant Law Fellow ProgramRhode Island Sea Grant sponsors law students as Sea Grant Law Fellows to research and write on ocean and coastal law issues including the resolution of marine resource management and conservation issues.

Established in October 2003, the Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program located at the Marine Affairs Institute at Roger Williams University School of Law is one of only four Sea Grant legal programs in the nation.

The Legal Program responds to research requests from state and regional agencies and other Sea Grant constituents on coastal zone management, fisheries, public access, aquaculture, ports and harbors, and other areas of marine law.  The Legal Program is prohibited from providing legal advice or becoming involved in litigation.

The information provided by the program’s students and attorneys is intended for informational purposes only.

For more information, please contact Read Porter, Staff Attorney, Marine Affairs Institute, at or by telephone at 401-254-5734.


John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship: 
The Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship provides a unique educational experience to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources.

The fellowship, named after one of Sea Grant’s founders, former NOAA administrator and dean of URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography, John A. Knauss, matches highly qualified graduate students with “hosts” in the legislative and executive branches of government located in the Washington, D.C., area, for a one-year paid fellowship.

For more information on stipend/expenses and how to apply please visit that National Sea Grant website.


In 1999, NOAA National Sea Grant Office and NOAA Fisheries established a Graduate Fellowship Program in two specialized areas: population and ecosystem dynamics as well as, marine resource economics. Population and ecosystem dynamics involve the study of fish populations and marine ecosystems to better assess fishery stock conditions and dynamics. Ph.D. candidates interested in the population and ecosystem dynamics of living marine resources and the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing their status can receive up to three years of funding. Ph.D. students in marine resource economics, concentrating on the conservation and management of living marine resources, can receive two years of funding.

The goals of the NOAA Fisheries/Sea Grant Fellowship Program are:

  • To encourage qualified applicants to pursue careers in either population and ecosystem dynamics and stock assessment or in marine resource economics

  • To increase available expertise related to these fields

  • To foster closer relationships between academic scientists and NOAA Fisheries

  • To provide real-world experience to graduate students and accelerate their career development.

To help achieve these goals, each Fellow will be required to work closely with an expert (mentor) from NOAA Fisheries who will serve on the Fellow’s committee. The mentor may also provide access to research data sources and to working/laboratory space in a NOAA Fisheries research facility and/or research vessel, if appropriate.

The award for each Fellowship, contingent upon the availability of Federal funds, will be in the form of a grant or cooperative agreement of $43,500 per year. You must be a currently enrolled Ph.D. student in a U.S. university or college to apply. The award provided to each Fellow is for salary (stipend), living expenses, tuition, and travel necessary to carry out the proposed research and to attend the annual Fellows meeting (at rotating locations).

This fellowship is offered to Ph.D. candidates in two areas of specialization:

  • Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
  • Marine Resource Economics

Program Goals:
– Increase expertise in fields
– Foster relationships between academic scientists and NOAA Fisheries
– Provide real-world experience for graduate students

To help achieve these goals, each Fellow will be required to work closely with an expert (mentor) from NOAA Fisheries who will serve on the Fellow’s committee. The mentor may also provide access to research data sources and to working/laboratory space in a NOAA Fisheries research facility and/or research vessel, if appropriate.


Rhode Island Sea Grant sponsors undergraduate Coastal Fellows through the Coastal Fellows Program of URI’s College of Environment and Life Sciences that is aimed at addressing emerging environmental problems from a range of disciplines and technologies.

The Coastal Fellowship Program provides training in both the classroom and applied venues to maximize educational opportunities. Coastal Fellows work within vertically integrated research or outreach teams that are problem-driven by nature. Teams involve some mix of faculty, research or outreach staff, land and sea grant educators, post-doctorate fellows, community professionals, and graduate students. These multigenerational teams provide students with a range of learning experiences and project-related support. Students take responsibility for a small piece of the project’s overall research or outreach design and follow the work through to completion.


Rhode Island Sea Grant supports two students for the academic year from the Master of Environmental Science and Management (MESM) program at the University of Rhode Island to work with scientists in developing solutions to the pressing problems facing coastal and marine communities.

The purpose of the program is to give MESM Fellows opportunity to contribute to the work of Sea Grant programs and gain hands-on experience in coastal ecosystem management. Focal topics of activity include fishery management, managing for sustainable coastal communities, aquaculture, marine spatial planning, and coastal zone management policy and law.

Fellows are assigned to a Sea Grant mentor who directs their work. MESM Fellows will develop their major paper project around the issue they work on with the Sea Grant scientists.

The MESM (Master of Environmental Science and Management) program is an interdisciplinary, professional degree that provides training to students interested in the application – and transfer – of science to environmental problem solving. The program builds intellectual depth through advising tracks and focused coursework in such as Sustainable Systems, Conservation Biology, Geosciences, Coastal Watersheds, and Spatial Analysis. MESM builds intellectual breadth through a mix of multi-disciplinary courses, development of real world problem solving skills through professional internships, and a capstone project in environmental management. MESM students work on practical issues in coastal ecosystem management, fisheries and aquaculture, water resource management, and creating sustainable and resilient communities.

NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management offers a two-year fellowship in coastal resources management and policy at state coastal resources agencies around the country. For more information, see the latest NOAA OCM Fellowship Announcement.



Writing and Reporting Internship

This paid internship offers URI students the opportunity to develop their research, writing, and interviewing skills as they write stories to be published on our website, in our biannual magazine, 41°N, or other Sea Grant media outlets.(See and  Class credit may also be available.

Hours: Up to 15 hours/week.

Responsibilities (include, but not limited to):

  • Write copy for publication on a tight deadline
  • Edit articles and website text
  • Work in WordPress to upload, format and edit articles written
  • Provide photos corresponding with written articles
  • Develop contacts and sources
  • Fact-check information provided by a source
  • Create blog posts
  • Conduct interviews in a wide range of circumstances
  • Perform independent research
  • Attend evening events as a basis for writing articles
  • Update communications databases
  • Review scientific journal articles for potential stories
  • Correspond with event attendees or other constituents
  • Enter publications to National Sea Grant Library database


  • Strong written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to learn and adapt quickly
  • Ability to establish priorities, work independently, and proceed with objectives with minimal supervision
  • Ability to meet deadlines

Other requirements:

  • Must have access to transportation
  • Background in journalism/reporting experience preferred

Location: This position will be located at Rhode Island Sea Grant, University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography, Narragansett Bay Campus.

Contact Info: Please contact Monica Allard Cox at or (401) 874-6937 for more details.

Send resume, cover letter, two references, and one writing sample to Monica Allard Cox at