Are you the next Great Lakes Commission-Sea Grant Fellow? Apply by Feb. 27 to find out.

The Fellow will work with members of the Great Lakes’ science, policy and information/education communities to advance the environmental quality and sustainable development goals of the Great Lakes states. In so doing, 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.

This will be the 16th year this fellowship has been 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.

Who Should Apply

Eligible applicants include students who, at the time of application, are in a graduate or professional degree program in public policy, public health, natural resources, aquatic sciences or other related field at a U.S. accredited institution of higher education in the United States.

The Fellow will be assigned responsibilities in the area of science/policy research, analysis and inter-jurisdictional coordination. It is anticipated that the Fellow will work on one or more issues in depth, while also being exposed to a range of salient science, resource management and public policy issues. An emphasis will be placed on networking; the Fellow will participate in various activities and events, and interact with senior level officials at all levels of government. Interaction with the Knauss Sea Grant Fellows will occur as opportunities arise, and travel to Washington, D.C., will be arranged for an introduction to federal legislative, appropriations and policy processes.


The Great Lakes Commission-Sea Grant Fellowship award is $42,000 over a one-year period. Of this amount, $36,000 is provided to each Fellow for compensation. The remaining $6,000 will be used to cover health insurance for the Fellow and support fellowship-related travel. During the fellowship, the Great Lakes Commission may provide supplemental funds for work-related travel by the Fellow. The fellowship is managed by the Great Lakes Commission in consultation with the National Sea Grant Office (NSGO).


  • Feb. 27, 2015 (6 p.m.): Application materials from each student are due to the state Sea Grant Director.
  • March 20, 2015: Nominees from Sea Grant Programs are due to the Great Lakes Commission.
  • April 3, 2015: The finalists are selected by the Great Lakes Commission and phone interviews scheduled.
  • April 24, 2015: Fellow selected by Great Lakes Commission-Sea Grant selection team.
  • June 1, 2015 (approximate): Start of the fellowship.

For more information

You can obtain more information from:

Ms. Christine Manninen, Communications Director
Great Lakes Commission
2805 S. Industrial Hwy, Suite 100
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-6791
Phone: 734/971.9135 ext. 112

Mr. Chris Hayes, Program Manager
National Sea Grant College Program
1315 East-West Highway
R/SG SSMC3, Rm. 11876
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: 301/734.1085