Deadline approaches for Alaska Sea Grant fellowships

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An iceberg is frozen in place near Juneau’s Mendenhall Glacier.

Alaska Sea Grant, located at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, is offering graduate students, or those who recently completed their degree, the opportunity to acquire on-the-job-training in Alaska-based federal and state agencies for one year as part of ASG’s State Fellowship Program.

This is a paid fellowship ($3,500 per month for a total of $42,000) for highly motivated and qualified applicants who are focused on science or policy that affects Alaska’s marine and freshwater resources.

ASG will accept three or more state fellows for 2017-2018. Successful candidates may be placed at the following organizations:

  • Alaska Office of the Lieutenant Governor
  • Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  • National Park Service
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Alaska Fisheries Science Center
  • NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Region
  • North Pacific Fishery Management Council
  • North Pacific Research Board
  • North Pacific Research Board/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Landscape Conservation Cooperative
  • U.S. Geological Survey

The deadline to apply is Feb. 24, 2017. More information and the application are available at

Students are also invited to apply for the National Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. The deadline is Feb. 21, 2017.

This highly competitive fellowship is suited for graduate students with an interest in national policy decisions affecting coastal and ocean resources. The fellowship involves spending a year in the Washington, D.C., area in an executive or legislative position. Recipients work on substantive national policy issues related to aquatic resources.

Two Alaskans serving as Knauss fellows in 2017 began their program this month. University of Alaska Fairbanks Ph.D. graduate Charlotte Regula-Whitefield is serving in the office of Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and UAF master’s student Kelly Cates is working in NOAA’s Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs.

The overall award for a Knauss Fellow is $61,500. Of this amount, $47,500 is salary/stipend. Other allowable expenses include fringe benefits, travel expenses for placement week, health insurance, and academic- and fellowship-related travel expenses. During the fellowship, the host may provide supplemental funds for work-related travel by the fellow.

More information and applications are available at

ADDITIONAL CONTACTS: Tara Borland, ASG program manager, 907-474-7014,