Learn about the many opportunities available to professionals and undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral scholars interested in gaining first-hand experience in marine science and policy.
Association for Women in Science (Seattle) Scholarships
Provides financial assistance to upper-level undergraduate women at a college or university in Washington state.
Community College Research Internship for Scientific Engagement
Eight-week, paid summer research internship for community college students. Interns work in a STEM research lab at the University of California Santa Cruz or Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program
Provides undergraduates majoring in the sciences, mathematics, engineering or education with two years of academic assistance and housing and travel costs for 10-week summer internships at NOAA or partner facilities.
Marine Technology Education Center At-Sea Internship
Places community college and university students, as well as recent graduates, in at-sea marine technician internships lasting from 2 weeks to 6 months. A $500/week stipend is provided.
National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
Supports ongoing or new undergraduate research projects in areas funded by the National Science Foundation at REU sites throughout the country.
Udall Undergraduate Scholarship
Awards sophomores and juniors with career goals related to tribal policy, native health care, and conservation and environmental issues up to $7,000 for academic expenses.
Virginia Institute of Marine Science Summer Intern Program
Places and supports undergraduates studying marine sciences or resource management in a 10-week program with faculty mentors at the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Summer Student Fellowship Program
Fellows work with a WHOI advisor on an independent research project related to oceanography, oceanographic engineering, or marine policy. These ten- to twelve-week fellowships provide a weekly stipend.
Undergraduate and Graduate Opportunities
AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows Program
Ten-week summer fellowships from the American Association for the Advancement of Science for undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate science, engineering, and mathematics students to work as science journalists at media organizations nationwide.
Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies
Awards a one-year $5,000 scholarship to support graduate-level field-based research in coastal wetlands.
Great Lakes Summer Student Fellowship Program
Provides undergraduate students and recent graduates with 12-week opportunities to conduct research with scientists or other mentors in the Great Lakes region.
Marine Technology Society Student and ROV Scholarships
Provides tuition support for undergraduate and graduate students studying marine-related fields or working with remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) or both.
Masters of Environmental Studies at Evergreen College (MES)
Evergreen College has several opportunities for graduate students in the MES program. Some MES internships and fellowships provide support, others do not. MES students are strongly encouraged to complete an internship after their first year in core classes in conjunction with their thesis.
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute Summer Internship Program
Ten-week internship for educators and undergraduate and graduate students that focuses on developing research techniques and improving communication and collaborative skills.
MPOWER Women in STEM Scholarship
Awards one $5,000, one $3,000, and one $2,000 scholarship to female international/DACA students currently enrolled or accepted to an MPOWER member STEM degree program in the U.S. or Canada.
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Three-year fellowship that provides financial support to undergraduate and graduate students who will pursue or are pursuing STEM or STEM education-related research-based master’s or doctoral degrees.
NOAA National Coral Reef Management Fellowship
Two-year program open to people with a Bachelor’s or graduate degree; fellows work with state or territorial management agencies to gain experience in coastal and coral reef resources management and help build coral reef management capacity.
Ocean Exploration Trust Science and Engineering Internship Program
Provides undergraduate and graduate students interested in oceanography and ocean exploration the opportunity to work aboard the E/V Nautilus for 2-5 weeks.
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Internship Program
Paid ($550/week stipend) internship program for undergraduate and early graduate students to conduct environmental research and public engagement at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, located in Edgewater, Maryland.
Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program
Provides students with financial support, mentoring and professional development to prepare them academically and professionally for a career in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service.
Graduate and Postdoctoral Opportunities
Alaska Sea Grant Fellowships
Matches current and recently-finished graduates with host organizations to work on science and policy issues associated with Alaska’s marine resources in either in Washington D.C. or Alaska.
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellowships
One-year fellowships from the AAAS in Washington, D.C., for postdoctoral researchers and professionals to help scientists and engineers learn about the policymaking process through participation.
American Association of University Women (AAUW) American Fellowships
AAUW offers multiple fellowships for women scholars working towards their Ph.D.–open to people from all fields of study.
Bullitt Foundation Environmental Fellowship
Two-year fellowship open to students currently enrolled in a graduate program in Oregon, Washington State, or British Columbia, who are working towards solutions to environmental issues in the Pacific Northwest.
California Sea Grant Delta Science Fellowships
Brings together graduate students and postdoctoral researchers with Bay-Delta agency scientists and senior research mentors to work collaboratively on data analysis and research projects related to the California Bay-Delta system.
California Sea Grant State Fellows Program
One-year fellowship that matches graduate students with municipal, state, and federal host agencies to work on issues regarding marine resources and the policies that affect these resources
Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program
Provides stipends for graduate and postdoctoral students in the sciences, engineering, public policy, and law to pursue studies and projects throughout the National Academies.
Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program
Offers support for graduate-level independent research in oceanography, marine biology, and maritime archaeology; women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Graduate Women in Science National Fellowship
A one-year fellowship that provides up to $10,000 for women scientists performing research related to the natural sciences at an institution in the U.S. or abroad.
Great Lakes Commission Sea Grant Fellowship
Pairs graduate students in public policy, public health, natural resources, aquatic sciences or other related fields with members of the Great Lakes Commission in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to work on issues that advance the environmental quality and sustainable economic development goals of the Great Lakes states.
Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship
Two-year fellowship at NOAA’s national estuarine research reserve sites. Fellows address a key coastal management question to advance understanding of coastal challenges and inform future policy and management strategies.
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Two-year postdoctoral fellowships in biological, chemical and physical oceanography, marine geology, and ocean engineering.
National GEM Consortium Ph. D. Science Fellowship
With the goal of increasing the number of minority students pursuing doctoral degrees in the natural sciences, the GEM Ph.D. Science fellowship provides stipends, a paid summer internship, and full tuition.
National Physical Science Consortium Fellowship
In partnership with a sponsoring agency, the NPSC fellowship funds a Ph.D. student attending one of the 125 member research universities for 2-6 years.
NOAA Climate & Global Change Postdoctoral Program
Two-year fellowship with the purpose of creating and training leading researchers in climate studies, with particular focus on observing, understanding, modeling, and predicting climate variability and change on seasonal and longer time scales.
NOAA Marine Debris Program – California Sea Grant Extension Fellowship
Two-year appointment to work as an extension specialist with the California Regional Coordinator of NOAA’s Marine Debris Program and help implement the California Ocean Litter Strategy.
North Pacific Research Board Graduate Student Research Award
Master’s and doctoral students are eligible for this $25,000 research award, which funds scientific and scholarly research addressing ecosystem and fisheries management issues.
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Fellowships
Three types of fellowships are available, with different stipends and benefits available for graduate, pre-doctoral, and postdoctoral scholars. Research areas of interest include environmental research in temperate, tropical, and polar ecosystems worldwide.
Society for Conservation Biology David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship Program
Provides two years of postdoctoral support to outstanding early-career scientists.
Yearlong fellowship for graduate students in New England and California whose career goals are directed towards environmental improvement through science, policy, conservation, justice, public health, economics, journalism, and more.
University of Washington Alfonso Carlos Peña Graduate Fellowship
Provides one academic year of support (stipend, tuition and fees, healthcare) to tribal UW graduate students dedicated to finding solutions to social and environmental issues impacting American Indian, Alaska Native, and/or other indigenous communities.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Program
Ten-week summer fellowship open to graduate students interested in the dynamics of geophysical fluids–from the Earth’s core to the oceans and ice sheets, with stipend provided.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Postdoctoral Scholar Program
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute offers several types of awards to individuals who have completed the requirements for a Ph.D. degree: Scholar and Fellowship Appointments as well as Postdoctoral Investigator positions.
Professional Development Opportunities
Fisheries Leadership Project
Introduces young people to the diverse aspects and opportunities of the fishing and maritime industry through multiple sessions held throughout the year, which involve touring fishing vessels, dry docks, processing facilities, and more.
Ocean Exploration Trust Science Communication Fellowship
Provides informal and formal educators interested in STEM the opportunity to sail for 1–3 weeks aboard the R/V Nautilus and develop education materials focused on the expedition’s mission