NOAA Coastal Management & Digital Coast Fellowships

Fellowship dates: August 3, 2020 – August 2, 2022

Note: The Coastal Management Fellowship Program is taking a pause for 2021 and will not be placing a class of fellows this year. Washington Sea Grant is committed to this fellowship and along with the NOAA Office for Coastal Management we look forward to being up and running again in 2022. If you have questions, please contact Deborah Purce at or the NOAA Office of Coastal Management at


Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellows work for two years with state coastal zone programs on projects proposed by the states and selected by NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management. In a mutually beneficial arrangement, each fellow receives on-the-job training in coastal management and policy and, in return, the coastal resources program gets technical assistance from students well-versed in the latest advances in coastal resource science and policy.

Former NOAA CM Fellow, Hilary PapendickThe Fellowship gave me the opportunity to apply what I learned in graduate school to real-life challenges in California and helped provide a foundation for a career in coastal management. After my fellowship I got a job with the County of San Mateo Office of Sustainability first as a Resilience Specialist and now as Program Manager for the climate change team.

Hilary Papendick, Program Manager for the County of San Mateo’s Climate Change Team and a 2011 Coastal Management Fellow with the California Coastal Commission