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NCCOS Partners with OCM to Host Coastal Management Fellows

Published on: 09/14/2021

Coastal Management / Digital Coast Fellowship experiences (clockwise from top left): 2018-2020 Digital Coast Fellows meet with the Digital Coast Partnership at the National Association of Counties office in Washington, D.C.; 2014-2016 Maryland Coastal Management fellow Kim Hernandez collects data for her project; 2017 and 2018 Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellows pause for a photo at the 2017 Coastal GeoTools Conference. Credit NOAA OCM.

NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management (OCM) has announced the release of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Coastal Management and Digital Coast fellowships request for proposals. These fellowship programs offer postgraduate students on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy.

The NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship was established in 1996 to provide project assistance to state and territory coastal zone management programs via the National Coastal Zone Management Program. Three new fellows will be added to the program through funding from NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) Competitive Research Program, for a total of 12 fellowship opportunities for 2022 to 2024.

During a program pause in 2021, a “Refresh Team” of state coastal program managers and mentors, Digital Coast partners, Sea Grant partners, and former fellows developed recommendations on how to strengthen the fellowship programs, including how to better advance the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice through fellowship projects. The Refresh Team’s final recommendations have been incorporated into the FY 2022 fellowship project selection process.

The application deadline for hosts to submit projects is October 15, 2021.

More information about the proposal process can be found in this flyer and on the call for proposals website.

An informational webinar on submitting a fellowship project proposal for 2022 for potential hosts will be held on Wednesday, September 15 at 2:00 p.m. EST.

For additional information on the Coastal Management and Digital Coast fellowships, contact the OCM Program Coordinator, Margaret Allen (margaret.allen@noaa.gov) or the NCCOS Program Manager, Maggie Broadwater (maggie.broadwater@noaa.gov).

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