Fellowship Opportunities

For Graduate Students

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. We are currently in the process of switching over to an online application process. Applications are due in January, February and May, depending on the opportunity.

The Application Process

NOAA, Knauss and Great Lakes Commission Opportunities

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. 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.

For application instructions, see: Application Guide

Michigan Sea Grant Graduate Student Research Opportunity

Proposals are due to Michigan Sea Grant by 5 p.m. May 29, 2015. Proposals not received by the deadline will not be considered. Applicants must submit their proposals as PDFs through Michigan Sea Grant’s RFP online application.

For Graduate and Undergraduate Students

Summer fellowships through the CILER Institute (Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystem Research) are available in a broad range of fields including aquatic ecology, communications, outreach and education, maritime archaeology, data analysis, modeling, marine instrumentation, fisheries, oceanography and wetlands/GIS.

Most fellows are located at NOAA-GLERL in Ann Arbor, Michigan as guest students of the University of Michigan; This paid 12 week summer fellowship provides students with an exciting opportunity to conduct research in the Great Lakes region under the mentorship of an individual scientist or professional. Students should apply directly to the Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystem Research.

Fellowship Blog

2015 Fellowships Flyer (PDF)

Questions? Contacts:

Holly Muir
(734) 763-1437