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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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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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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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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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Population Dynamics & Marine Resource Economics Graduate Fellowship

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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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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

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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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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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