Scholarships, Fellowships, Academic Internships, and Grants: Marine Science

This guide is designed to assist members of the Eckerd College Community in identifying scholarships, grants, academic internships, and fellowship opportunities.

Marine Science

List three to five questions that you think reflect questions that guide the overall intellectual inquiry of this major.

  • to serve as part of a liberal arts education,

  • providing an awareness of the marine environment and its significance to humankind,

  • be better prepared to solve complex environmental and scientific problems.

  • Because many of today’s pressing issues in marine science must be addressed from a variety of perspectives, our program is interdisciplinary.

  • In addition to specializing in a particular track of either marine biology, marine chemistry, marine geology, or marine geophysics, you will also become broadly educated in aspects of marine science outside your specialty.

What traits/attributes do successful scholars in this area have?

  • synthesize information from the various marine science disciplines

  • speak professionally

  • utilize bibliographic resources effectively and properly document them in a scientific report.


Florida Sea Grant

Florida Sea Grant administers a number of scholarship and fellowship opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students at Florida universities. These are offered on an annual basis. Application deadlines are indicated below. Students are encouraged to contact Karl Havens, the Director of Florida Sea Grant, for additional information about these opportunities.



The following provide advice for those interested in a career in the marine and aquatic sciences:

The following have postings for jobs, post docs, traineeships, internships, etc. specific to the marine and aquatic sciences:


Associations and Information Pages

NOAA Education hosts a website with information about scholarships, internships, fellowships, and career development opportunities for high school students through post-doctoral: 

● Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions: Works to 

increase the number of students from underrepresented communities, who are 

educated, trained and graduated in fields that directly support NOAA's mission. 

Opportunities are available at the undergraduate and graduate levels: 

● Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship: Increases undergraduate training in 

oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and fosters 

multidisciplinary training opportunities while inviting recruitment and preparation of 

students for public service careers with NOAA: 

● William M. Lapenta NOAA Student Internship Program: Targets current undergraduate and graduate students to work in areas that will meet future needs of the ever-broadening user community and address strategic climate-water-weather issues. Each student will collaborate with one or more scientists in the agency. 

● Pathways Program: Eligible undergraduate interns may be converted to a permanent federal position within a defined timeframe upon successful completion of the program that combines education and work experience: 

● Chesapeake Bay Internships: Bay-related undergraduate and graduate-level internships include opportunities with NOAA as well as collaborative organizations. Experiences include fisheries sampling, data collection and analysis, habitat restoration, GIS skills, and community outreach. Most internships are offered during the summer months, but some may be available at other times of the year: 

● NOAA Ocean Exploration Explorer-in-Training Program: Open to undergraduate and graduate students and recent graduates and provides the opportunity participate in ocean exploration expeditions and/or projects: 

● Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program: Provides support for outstanding scholarship 

and encourages independent graduate-level research in oceanography, marine 

biology, or maritime archaeology - particularly by women and members of minority 


● John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship: Provides a unique educational experience 

to graduate students having an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources 

and in national policy decisions affecting those resources: 

● National Marine Fisheries Service/Sea Grant Joint Graduate Fellowship Program in 

Population Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics: Fellowship for Ph.D. 

candidates who are interested in either of these two disciplines: 

● Office of Coastal Management Fellowship: Provides on-the-job education and 

training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate 

students through project assistance to state coastal zone management programs. 

● NOAA Climate & Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship: Appointed fellows are hosted by a mentoring scientist to become the next generation of researchers for climate studies: 

Opportunities from NOAA partner organizations 

● American Fisheries Society Hutton Scholarship summer mentoring program for high school students underrepresented in fisheries science and management: 

● American Meteorological Society scholarships and fellowships: ● National Weather Association scholarships and grants: 

● Virtual Student Federal Service internship program for undergraduate and graduate students: Updated October 2020

Explore NOAA careers NOAA Education career resources: 

Interested in a marine science career? Learn about the wide range of marine careers and 

people working in those fields. 

● OceanAGE Careers: 

● Sea Grant Guide to Ocean Opportunities: 

Interested in a career as a meteorologist or hydrologist? 

You will need a college degree in meteorology, atmospheric sciences or a related science. 

Course work includes calculus and differential equations, physics, chemistry, remote 

sensing, computer sciences, and hydrology. 

● Careers in the National Weather Service: 

● American Meteorological Society: 

Career opportunities 

Most NOAA federal positions are filled through USAJobs. Search for NOAA jobs at: using keyword “NOAA.” 

Learn how to search for jobs and complete the federal hiring process at the Office of Personnel Management’s help center: 

Pathways Program 

● Students: 

● Veterans: 

NOAA Corps and civilian positions 

NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps, a uniformed service: 

NOAA civilian vessel jobs: 

Contract opportunities at NOAA 

In addition to federal positions, NOAA uses contract employees hired by companies awarded periodic contracts. Different types of contractor duties support the NOAA mission, including scientists, administrators, IT and communications specialists. To find these positions use “NOAA” as a keyword in your job search. A partial list of companies currently filling contract positions: 

● BAE Systems: ● CollabraLink: ● Consolidated Safety Services: 

● Earth Resources Technology: 

● ECS: 

● Federal Working Group: ● I.M. Systems Group: ● Innovim: 

● Integrated Systems Solutions: 

Career resources from partner organizations 

● Lynker Technologies: ● Maximus Federal: ● M2 Strategy: ● Quantum Spatial: ● SAIC Systems: 

● TechGlobal: ● Tetra Tech: ● The Baldwin Group: ● Versar: 

● National Marine Sanctuary Foundation jobs and internships: ● Sea Grant careers: 


Support and Engagement

Associations and Organizations

  • The Society for Ecological Restoration

 A global community of restoration professionals that includes researchers, practitioners, decision-makers, and community leaders from Africa, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Europe, and the Americas.  SER members are actively engaged in the ecologically sensitive repair and recovery of degraded ecosystems utilizing a broad array of experiences, knowledge sets, and cultural perspectives.  SER’s mission is to promote ecological restoration as a means of sustaining the diversity of life on Earth and re-establishing an ecologically healthy relationship between nature and culture. SER’s community forums can connect you with the Society’s more than 2,500 members and partners in over 70 countries including Chapters and Student Associations. -  internships - jobs (create a job alert) - graduate schools and other - professional certifications - regional chapters, more networking

The 2018 Marine Technology Society Scholarship Program is now accepting applications.

Each year, MTS offers significant scholarships to college graduate, college undergraduate and senior high school students accepted into full-time marine-related programs with focus in marine technology, marine engineering and/or marine science.

Among the eligibility criteria for an MTS schol­arship is the requirement that the applicant must be an MTS member. For membership information, please go to click here. Student Membership for full-time college students, undergraduate and graduate, and high school seniors is only $25.00 US per year.

General Search Sites and Databases

Lots more resources


The following provide advice for those interested in a career in the marine and aquatic sciences:

The following have postings for jobs, post docs, traineeships, internships, etc. specific to the marine and aquatic sciences: