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The Great Lakes Commission-Sea Grant Fellowship 2018

Application Deadline- February 16, 2018, 6 p.m. EST/5 p.m. CST.

The Great Lakes Commission-Sea Grant Fellowship is sponsored by the Great Lakes Commission, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Sea Grant College Program and the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network. The upcoming year (2018/2019) will be the 19th year of the program.  The selected Fellow will work with members of the Great Lakes’ science, policy, communication and education communities to advance the environmental quality and sustainable development goals of the Great Lakes states. The Fellow will contribute to and benefit from research coordination and policy analysis activities. The Fellow will be located at the Great Lakes Commission offices in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The length of assignment is one year and is non-renewable. The inclusive dates of the fellowship are June 1, 2018, through May 31, 2019; however, start and end dates are negotiable to accommodate academic semester or other recipient needs.


Eligible applicants include those who, at the time of application, are either enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program in public policy, public health, natural resources, aquatic sciences or related field at a U.S. accredited institution of higher education in the United States, or have completed their graduate or professional degree within the six months immediately prior to the time of application (e.g. graduated on or after August 1, 2017).


Interested individuals must contact and apply for this fellowship through a Great Lakes Sea Grant program (IN/IL, MI, MN, NY, OH, PA, WI) which serves as a sponsor for the applicant. Applications must be submitted to one (and only one) of the Great Lakes Sea Grant program directors (listed in this posting), who will screen the applications and recommend candidates to the Great Lakes Commission. Each application must include:

  • Personal and academic resume or curriculum vitae (not to exceed two pages);
  • Education and career goal statement emphasizing the applicant’s abilities and expectations for the fellowship experience (1,000 words or less);
  • Two letters of recommendation, of which one must be from the student’s faculty advisor or major professor. For continuing students, this letter should clearly state the professor’s endorsement of the student’s acceptance of the fellowship, if offered.
  • A personalized letter of endorsement from the sponsoring Sea Grant director that describes what makes the applicant a good candidate for the Fellowship; and
  • A clear scanned copy of undergraduate and graduate student transcripts.

Note: Thesis papers or practicums should not be included


Each Great Lakes Sea Grant program (IN/IL, MI, MN, NY, OH, PA, WI) may recommend up to two applicants to the Great Lakes Commission for consideration. Eligibility criteria include academic status, communications skills, diversity and appropriateness of academic background, additional skills and experience (e.g., relevant work experience), support of applicant’s major professor, support of a Great Lakes Sea Grant program director, and relevance of applicant’s academic background and/or interests to the fellowship and the work of the Great Lakes Commission. Application materials are reviewed using the following criteria and associated weighting:

  1. Letters of recommendation and/or endorsements of student (15 percent total); which includes the strength of recommendation from the applicant’s major professor, and the second letter of recommendation
  2. Academic record and strength of academic performance (10 percent total)
  3. Statement of career goals and objectives of the applicant (45 percent total)
  4. Additional relevant skills and experience (30 percent total); including previous work experience, diversity of education, extracurricular activities, honors and awards, and exhibited interpersonal, written, and oral communications skills

Visit the Official Webpage of the  Great Lakes Commission-Sea Grant Fellowship


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