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American Meteorological Society logo.

American Meteorological Society (AMS) graduate fellowships support students entering their first year in graduate school through $25,000 stipends and partial support to attend the annual AMS national meeting. Applicants must be seeking degrees in the fields of atmospheric sciences, chemistry, computer sciences, engineering, environmental sciences, hydrology, mathematics, oceanography, and physics.

Contact: Donna Fernandez, dfernandez@ametsoc.org

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Chesapeake Bay Summer Internship Program

Chesapeake Bay Summer Internship Program.

Each summer, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, in partnership with the Chesapeake Research Consortium, offers several paid summer internships primarily geared toward current undergraduate students. Internships focus on scientific field research to resource management and policy.

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Coastal Management Fellowship

Kim Hernandez, Coastal Management Fellow

This program provides an opportunity for graduate students to work with state coastal zone programs to gain on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy.

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Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program

Former Dr. Nancy Foster Scholar, Kimberly Tenggardjaja.

The Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program recognizes outstanding scholarship and encourages independent graduate level research — particularly by female and minority students — in NOAA mission-related sciences of oceanography, marine biology and maritime archaeology, including all science, engineering, and resource management of ocean and coastal areas.

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Endangered Species Day Events and Art Contest

This picture shows an inflatable North Atlantic right whale, leatherback sea turtle, and Atlantic sturgeon; all animals listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

Endangered Species Day (the third Friday in May) is an annual day of celebration for the public to learn about endangered and threatened species and what we can all do to help them. Every May-June, NOAA Fisheries participates in several Endangered Species Day events and also holds their own annual Marine Endangered Species Art Contest. 

Important dates: Art contest entries are due in the spring of each year.

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EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship Program

EPP Class of 2016 Group Photo
(Left to Right) Kekeh Akofa, Kammie-Dominique Tavares, Kirby Bartlett, Robert Abitbol, Char’mane Robinson, Valentina Rappa, Maria Cogliando

The EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship Program provides scholarships for two years of undergraduate study to rising junior undergraduate students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields that directly support NOAA's mission. Participants conduct research at a NOAA facility during two paid summer internships.

Important dates: Applications are available annually from September through January.

Contact: epp.usp@noaa.gov

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Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Hollings Scholar Ashley Hann conducts fisheries research.

The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to $9,500 per year) for two years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time paid internship during the summer at a NOAA facility.

Important dates: Applications are available annually from September through January.

Contact: studentscholarshipprograms@noaa.gov

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Tropical Storm Michael on October 11, 2018.

Students from grades 6-14 use data from NOAA's GOES-16 or GOES-17 satellites to investigate weather and natural hazards. Students from the winning middle school, high school, and college teams will receive $25 gift cards and official GOES-T launch viewing invitations. Teachers coaching the winning teams will receive launch invites and conference travel support to attend and present at the 2020 American Meteorological Society Centennial meeting in Boston.

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High school students participate in the LiMPETS environmental monitoring program in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

LiMPETS is a citizen science program that monitors the coastal ecosystems of California and helps youth develop a scientific understanding of the ocean. LiMPETS monitors the biology in rocky intertidal and sandy beach ecosystems and aims to provide publicly accessible, scientifically sound, long-term data to inform marine resource management and the scientific community.

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Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship

Students at Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve sit in a small row boat as they collect samples in the surrounding water.

Graduate students will be placed at the national estuarine research reserves to address key coastal management questions to help scientists and communities understand coastal challenges. The fellows’ projects may influence future policy and management strategies. Specific fellowship benefits include cross-discipline research, networking opportunities, professional mentoring, and career-readiness training.
Deadline: December of every other year
Length: Two years

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National Centers for Environmental Prediction Summer Student Intern Program

NOAA College Park, MD

NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Prediction is offering up to 10 paid summer internships targeted towards current undergraduate and graduate students to work in areas that will meet the future needs of the ever-broadening user community and address the strategic climate-water-weather issues. Each student will collaborate with one or more scientists at our five centers located in College Park, Maryland. 

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National Coral Reef Management Fellowship

NOAA Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary is one of the largest live-bottom reefs of the southeastern United States.

The fellowship program creates seven two-year positions at institutions in coral reef states and territories. Each position has its own distinct work plan, responding to specific needs for increased coral reef management capacity in each coral reef jurisdiction and provides training and professional development opportunities. Fellows will work on issues affecting U.S. coral reef ecosystems including climate change, land-based sources of pollution and fishing.

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University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

Strengthen understanding of climate variability and change. Work alongside scientists at major U.S. universities and organizations. Climate and Global Change fellows are hosted by mentoring scientists at U.S. universities and research institutions to work on questions of mutual interest. The program supports research on climate variations with time scales of seasons to centuries.

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Students use microscopes to connect with science at NOAA Science Camp in Seattle, Washington.

Explore the mysteries of our oceans and atmosphere! Held at NOAA’s Seattle Sand Point facility each July, NOAA Science Camp offers hands-on science-learning opportunities for middle and high school students.

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Ocean Guardian Programs

Ocean Guardian Programs

Ocean Guardian Programs are designed to encourage children to explore their natural surroundings to form a sense of personal connection to the ocean and/or watersheds in which they live. Find out more about the activity book, kids club and more.

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Office of Ocean Exploration and Research Explorer-in-Training Program

Explorer in Training, Rebekah Hernandez deploys the expendable bathythermograph, a device that records water temperature, off the stern of the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer.

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) places mapping trainees to participate in the Okeanos Explorer-in-Training program. This program is open to enrolled undergraduate and graduate students as well as individuals who have recently graduated from a higher education program. The Explorer-in-Training program will provide the opportunity to gain experience using an advanced multibeam bathymetric sonar mapping system, while contributing in a significant way to the Okeanos Explorer ocean exploration mission.

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Pacific Island Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) Young Scientist Opportunity

Logo for Pacific Island Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) https://www.pifsc.noaa.gov/ featuring several species of fish and coral, a seal, a turtle, a whale tail, and a fishing vessel.

The PIFSC Young Scientist Opportunity (PYSO) is a collaborative program between PIFSC and the Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (JIMAR) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. This program offers qualified participants professional scientific research experience and formal training opportunities tailored to meet their educational and professional goals and interests.

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Pathways Program

The Pathways Program

The Federal Government has taken steps to help students and recent graduates join the Federal service. New opportunities will appear on USAJOBS as agencies post them.

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Population Dynamics & Marine Resource Economics Graduate Fellowship

PHOTO - Population Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics Graduate Fellowship - landscape

This program provides support for graduate students working toward a Ph.D. in fisheries population dynamics or in marine resource, natural resource, or environmental economics. Two to four fellowships in each of the two areas of study are generally awarded each year. The fellowship was established in 1999 and is sponsored by the NOAA Fisheries and the National Sea Grant College Program.

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University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

Explore the interface between climate science and its applications. Find your niche in a range of settings across the United States.

PACE develops the pool of scientists working at the interface between climate science and its applications. The program helps bring advances in climate science into decision-making tools and frameworks while strengthening collaboration across disciplines, institutions, and sectors.

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Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

Class of 2015 graduation picture with Dr. Sullivan

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 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.

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SOARS Program logo.

Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) is an undergraduate-to-graduate bridge program designed to broaden participation in the atmospheric and related sciences. SOARS participants, called protégés, spend up to four summers doing research in atmospheric and related sciences. SOARS offers comprehensive financial support for summer research, as well as undergraduate and graduate school funding.

Contact: Laura Duggan, lallen@ucar.edu

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PHOTO - Great Lakes satellite image from November 2015 with low cloud cover -Landscape

This program provides an opportunity for graduate students to work with members of the Great Lakes science, policy and information/education communities to advance the environmental quality and sustainable economic development goals of the Great Lakes states. The fellow will contribute to and benefit from research coordination and policy analysis activities. This program is sponsored by the Great Lakes Commission, the NOAA National Sea Grant College Program, and the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network.

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Virtual Student Federal Service Internship Program

Virtual Student Federal Service logo.

Through the Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS) program, students can work on projects that advance the work of government on multiple fronts. NOAA has VSFS opportunities offered throughout the agency. To find NOAA-related projects, search "National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration" under "Agency". Important dates: U.S. students can apply from July 1-31 each year.  

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