NOAA Coastal Management & Digital Coast Fellowships

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

If you are having problems accessing the WSG eSeagrant system and you have not yet submitted your NOAA COASTAL MANAGEMENT FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION please instead email your materials to Deborah Purce at

  • Please submit all materials by 5:00pm January 17, 2020
  • Material should all be in PDF format.
  • Please let your recommendation writers know to also send any outstanding letters to Deborah Purce at We WILL accept late letters of recommendation if they are unable to get them to us by the end of the day today.

Now Open: Washington Sea Grant is now accepting applications for the Coastal Zone Management and Digital Coast Fellowships through our online submission portal, eSeaGrant. If you are new to eSeaGrant you must first register for an account using the “Register” tab. Please give yourself plenty of time to complete your application and contact our office if you have questions.


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