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.


Now accepting applications for NOAA’s Coastal Management Fellowship, the NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship in population and ecosystem dynamics and marine resource economics, and the Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship.

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.

Call for 2019 Applications

The Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship provides a unique educational and professional 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, John A. Knauss, matches highly qualified graduate students with “hosts” in the legislative and executive branch of government located in the Washington, D.C. area, for a one year paid fellowship.

Qualified individuals are invited to submit applications to the Rhode Island Sea Grant College Program by 5:00 p.m. February 23, 2018, using eSeaGrant.

Knauss Fellowship applications are developed in the eSeaGrant online system. You must establish an account in eSeaGrant.

Please contact Alan Desbonnet to establish your eSeaGrant account and access application materials.

Applicants will interview with the Rhode Island Sea Grant Director during the week of March 12th, 2018, at a day and time to be established.

Selection criteria for the fellowship include academic excellence, communication skills, diversity and appropriateness of academic background, extracurricular experience, support of the student’s major professor and the Sea Grant director, evidence of the ability to work well with others, and the balance among applicants by discipline and geographic representation.

For the Fellowship Class of 2019, the selection process and subsequent notification of finalists by the National Sea Grant College Program will be completed in June of 2018.

Finalists will be required to participate in “Placement Week,” an orientation program in Washington, D.C., typically held during late November or early December (Sun-Thurs) in 2018.

If you are interested in applying or have additional questions, please contact Alan Desbonnet, Assistant Director, Rhode Island Sea Grant, by phone: 401-874-6813 or email: For more information visit:

The NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship Program in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics is designed to help Sea Grant fulfill its broad educational responsibilities and to strengthen the collaboration between Sea Grant and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Since 1999, Sea Grant and NMFS have partnered to train students through this joint 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.

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 the goals of the fellowship, 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 Fisheries Fellowship is available to US citizens who are graduate students enrolled in PhD degree programs in academic institutions in the United States and its territories. Only U.S. citizens are eligible to apply. Foreign Nationals are not eligible.

Length of Fellowship

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.

How to Apply

Students should submit applications to a Sea Grant Program and not submit information directly to Only U.S. citizens are eligible to apply. Foreign Nationals are not eligible. Student applications are due to Sea Grant Programs by 5:00 pm local time on January 26, 2018. Sea Grant Programs must transmit the application via by 5:00 pm, Eastern Time February 23, 2018. There are two separate funding numbers for the two portions of this competition.

Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Federal Funding Opportunity – NOAA-OAR-SG-2018-2005442

Marine Resource Economics Federal Funding Opportunity – NOAA-OAR-SG-2018-2005450

To obtain the RFP, please visit

Award and Expenses

The award for each Fellowship, contingent upon the availability of Federal funds, will be in the form of a grant or cooperative agreement of $46,000 per year ($38,333 in federal dollars and $7,667 in matching dollars). 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).

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For more information, please contact your local Sea Grant Program or

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.

The NOAA Office for Coastal Management is recruiting candidates for the 2018 Coastal Management/Digital Coast Fellowship Program

Applications are due January 19, 2018.

This program’s mission is to provide on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students and to provide project assistance to state coastal zone management agencies and other key NOAA partners.

The fellowship positions start in August 2018 and are available at the California Coastal Commission, the coastal programs in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, and Washington; the Coastal States Organization in Washington, DC; the National Association of Counties in Washington, DC; and the National States Geographic Information Council, which will be hosted in Anchorage, Alaska.

Eligibility requirements, descriptions of the projects, and guidance on how to apply can be found at and on the attached information.

For the 2018 fellowship, applicants must complete a master’s or another advanced degree at an accredited U.S. university between January 1, 2017, and July 31, 2018, to be eligible. A broad range of degrees is applicable to the fellowship because the projects are varied among the host organizations. This two-year opportunity offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement.

Application packages must be submitted to the Sea Grant office in the state where you received your degree by Friday, January 19, 2018. Contact your state Sea Grant.

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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 41Nmagazine.organd  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