NOAA Coastal Management & Digital Coast Fellowships

Fellowship dates: August 1, 2023 – July 31, 2025

The application for the 2023-2025 NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship is now CLOSED

Deadline to Apply: January 26, 2024 by 5:00 pm Pacific Time



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.


Any student who will complete a master’s or other advanced degree in natural resource management or environmental-related studies at an accredited U.S. university between Aug. 1, 2021, and July 31, 2023 is eligible. Students from a broad range of environmental programs are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

A full list of application materials and additional information on eligibility can be found online at

Applications must be submitted to Washington Sea Grant by published deadline via the online submission system, eSeaGrant, that can be accessed using the following URL:

Potential applicants are also encouraged to contact Deborah Purce, Fellowships and Research Specialist at Washington Sea Grant, at to discuss application content and submission.


>Click here to access the eSeaGrant Application Portal<




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