This information is intended for Wisconsin faculty members (or persons having principal investigator status) and students from the University of Wisconsin System or another Wisconsin college or university.  Non-Wisconsin investigators should go to the National Sea Grant College Program website to find the Sea Grant Program for their state. More information on student fellowships, including a series of podcasts containing fellowship application advice and experiences from past fellows can be found at our Student page.


2016 Aquaculture Sea Grant Conferences, Workshops, Training and Information Transfer Projects

Closing Date: May 16, 2016

The National Sea Grant Office anticipates that at least $400,000 will be available to support proposals for conferences, workshops, and training and information transfer projects addressing regional or national issues with an emphasis on aquaculture. Applications must address the focus area of Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture, but may address additional focus areas as well.  Additional focus areas are Healthy Coastal Ecosystems, Resilient Communities and Economics, and Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development.  Descriptions on each focus area can be found in section I.A. of the Special Projects Funding Opportunity, Special Project "B", which can be found at:

Federal Funding Opportunity NOAA-OAR-SG-2016-2004772


NOAA’s Digital Coast Fellowship

The NOAA Office for Coastal Management is recruiting candidates for three Digital Coast Fellowship opportunities in 2016.  This program is modeled after the Coastal Management fellowship program and has a similar mission: to provide on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students and to provide project assistance to Digital Coast Partnership organizations. The fellowship positions start in August 2016 and are available with: the Association of State Floodplain Managers in Madison, Wisconsin; the National Estuarine Research Reserve Association in Wells, Maine; and The Nature Conservancy in Seattle, Washington. Eligibility requirements, descriptions of the projects, and guidance on how to apply can be found at

 For the 2016 fellowship, applicants must complete a master’s, doctoral, or professional degree at an accredited U.S. university between January 1, 2015, and July 31, 2016, to be eligible. A broad range of degrees are applicable to the fellowship because the projects are varied among the partner organizations. This two-year opportunity starts in August 2016, and offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement. 

Application packages must be submitted to the NOAA Office for Coastal Management (OCM) by Friday, May 6, 2016, at OCM plans to automatically include the candidate pool that previously applied for the Coastal Management Fellowship. If candidates already applied to the Coastal Management Fellowship program, they do not need to re-submit their materials, but they do need to contact Margaret Allen to let her know they are interested in being considered. Any new candidates will not need to submit through Sea Grant (as stated in the online instructions) and should submit their application packets (including resume, goal statement, 2 letters of recommendation, and transcripts) to by May 6, 2016.

To learn more about the Digital Coast, visit

If you have questions, please contact Margaret Allen ( at OCM.

Other Opportunities

J. Philip Keillor Wisconsin Coastal Management-Sea Grant Fellowship

The Wisconsin Sea Grant College Program and the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program seek postdoctoral and post Masters candidates interested in tackling science and policy challenges related to increasing coastal community resilience across the Great Lakes region. Any student or postgraduate who will have graduated between summer 2015 and summer 2016, with a degree in an aquatic sciences-related field is eligible to apply for the Wisconsin science-policy fellowship. This will be an annual opportunity. For 2016: Apply by May 10, 2016. The fellowship will be from June 1, 2016-May 31, 2017 (approximate dates). For any information regarding succeeding years, contact Jennifer Hauxwell, assistant director for research and student engagement - (608) 263-4756.

Sea Grant Aquaculture Research Program 2016

The Federal Funding Opportunity has been announced for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Sea Grant Aquaculture Research Program 2016 competition.


Pre-proposals must be received by electronic mail to the National Sea Grant Office ( by 4:00 p.m. Central Time (5:00 Eastern Time) on March 10, 2016. (By March 29, 2016, applicants should receive a summary statement that includes whether their pre-proposal is encouraged or discouraged to submit a full proposal.)

Full Proposals are due from applicants to the state Sea Grant Program by 4:00 p.m. Central Time (5:00 Eastern Time) on May 12, 2016.

Applications received from applicants after the closing dates and times will not be accepted.


Program Development

The Director of Wisconsin Sea Grant has limited program development funds available for initial development of promising research, education and outreach projects.

For further information on current program development opportunities, contact Jim Hurley, UW Aquatic Sciences Center, 272 Goodnight Hall, 1975 Willow Drive, Madison, WI 53706, phone (608) 262-0905 or email

To be added to a RFP mailing please send us an email, or contact Terri Liebmann, UW Sea Grant Institute, 272 Goodnight Hall, 1975 Willow Drive, Madison, WI 53706, phone (608) 263-6747, fax (608) 262-0591.  Be sure to include your name and the full mailing address (or email address) and the name of the program for which you wish information.