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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. NOAA's Climate Program Office provides funding to support three AMS graduate fellows per year.

Contact: Donna Fernandez, dfernandez@ametsoc.org

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NOAA Fisheries and Virginia Sea Grant logos.

The joint Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) - Northeast Fisheries Science Center Aquaculture Graduate Research Fellowship aims to support graduate students to help them become tomorrow’s leaders in aquaculture science and management. The selected fellow will have the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive set of professional development trainings offered by VASG to enhance their career readiness.

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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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The Cooperative Institute for Modeling the Earth System (CIMES) at Princeton University in collaboration with NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) is recruiting both undergraduate and graduate students for 8-10 week research internships in atmospheric, oceanic and earth system science. Awardees will work with host scientists at the NOAA/GFDL, a world-leading center of earth system modeling, research and prediction.

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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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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 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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NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship Program in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics

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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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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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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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Sea Grant graduate opportunities

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Sea Grant is a national network that consists of 34 university-based college programs around the U.S and the National Sea Grant Library. Sea Grant graduate opportunities provide hands-on research experiences, financial assistance, research funding, and professional development experiences in new careers.

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Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

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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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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. NOAA's Climate Program Office supports protégés, and NOAA staff serve as SOARS mentors and instructors.

Contact: Laura Duggan, lallen@ucar.edu

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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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The William M. Lapenta NWS Student Internship Program

NOAA College Park, MD

NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) is "Where America's Climate and Weather Services Begin." NCEP is offering up to 20 paid summer internships targeted towards current 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate and enrolled 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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Virtual Student Federal Service Internship Program

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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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