For Graduate Students
MSG coordinates several fellowships for the national program office and outside organizations. These are paid 1-2 year fellowships that are typically for graduate students. The fellowships recruit students with a strong interest in marine and Great Lakes issues from a wide range of backgrounds, including, natural science, policy and law. Applications may be submitted online and are due in January and February, depending on the opportunity.
- Great Lakes Commission Fellowship (2/17/2017)
- International Joint Commission – Michigan Sea Grant Fellowship (2/27/2017)
- John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship (2/21/2017)
- Michigan Sea Grant Graduate Student Fellowship (more information available in January 2017)
- NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship (1/20/2017)
- NOAA Fisheries Service Fellowships (1/27/2017)
The Application Process
Fellowship applicants go through a two-stage selection process. Michigan Sea Grant reviews all applicants from Michigan and then recommends several candidates for consideration by the national program office or sponsoring organization. During the initial application process, students do not need to secure a letter of endorsement from the Michigan Sea Grant director, but they should submit all other required application materials by the deadline. Process varies slightly by fellowship opportunity, see specific fellowship page for complete details.
For application instructions, see: Application Guide.
New in 2016
Michigan Sea Grant is offering a new graduate student fellowship, first launched in 2016. These fellowships are for one to two years for graduate students enrolled full-time at Michigan universities. These fellowships support graduate student research focused on issues relevant to current Great Lakes ecological, habitat, or fisheries management issues. Research fellows will work with an agency sponsor and faculty member to conduct a research project that supports existing Great Lakes research programs at federal, tribal and state agencies.
The application process for the MISG Graduate Student Fellowship is slightly different than the other fellowships that MISG coordinates. Fellowship applications are reviewed by a team of MISG management and outside agency experts who make recommendations for funding support to the MISG Management Team for final selection. Check back in January 2017 for further details about the application process.
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