Great Lakes Commission–Sea Grant Fellowship

Great Lakes Commission

Grant amount: US $42,000

Anticipated deadline: Feb 16, 2019 3:00pm PST

Applicant type: Graduate Student Postdoctoral Researcher Working Professional

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York Expand all

Location of residency: United States

Must travel to: Michigan

Degree requirements: Applicants must be within 0 years of receiving their PhD

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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 (2017/2018) will be the 18th 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, 2017 through May 31, 2018; however, start and end dates are negotiable to accommodate academic semester or other recipient needs.

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.

2017/2018 Fellowship Program Issue Priorities

The 2017/2018 Fellowship will provide collaborative opportunities for the fellow to work on projects/issue areas of interest to both the Great Lakes Commission and the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network. The selected fellow will likely work on one or more joint projects between the GLC and Sea Grant in the following areas:

Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) – HABs are a national issue and their occurrence is on the rise in the Great Lakes. HABs are a concern in the Great Lakes because they affect not only the health of people and freshwater ecosystems, but also the ‘health’ of local and regional economies. The GLC and Sea Grant are working together on this issue through the Great Lakes HABs Collaboratory. The HABs Collaboratory aims to create a collective laboratory that enables science-based information sharing among scientists, as well as between scientists and decisions makers working on HABs in the Great Lakes. The 2017/2018 fellow may help analyze, aggregate and deliver data and information related to HABs; assist with the establishment and ongoing operation of the HABs Collaboratory; and conduct research and prepare reports, fact sheets, articles, memos, web pages, and social media communications related to HABs that will support both Sea Grant and the GLC on this important issue.

Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) – Prevention and control of harmful AIS to protect the Great Lakes ecosystem and economic resources is a top priority for the region. The GLC and Sea Grant have a history of working collaboratively on AIS initiatives. The 2017/2018 fellow may provide support to several ongoing initiatives, including working with regional forums such as the Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species (GLP) and the Invasive Mussel Collaborative, as well as other projects to advance prevention and control of AIS. Through these initiatives the fellow will have the opportunity to interact regularly with Sea Grant staff and other AIS experts in the region. For instance, the fellow may work with the GLP Information/Education Committee (chaired by Minnesota Sea Grant) to carry out activities in the committee work plan including developing a searchable inventory of AIS outreach materials. The fellow may also support regional projects focused on addressing the live organisms in trade pathway of invasive species introduction and spread.

Small Harbors and Coastal Community Development – Small commercial and recreational harbors (and the communities that support them) are exploring new strategies to dredge channels, maintain piers and breakwaters, enhance their resiliency to weather and climate, and maximize their economic potential. Sea Grant and the GLC have worked together on this issue and bring valuable experience to help communities with small harbors. Through their extension offices, the Sea Grant network provides “boots on the ground” in the way of specialized personnel placed throughout the region to provide technical support and access to research and development conducted by major universities in the region. The GLC, representing the interests of the states in the Great Lakes, provides an existing platform to identify and act on collective shared interests as they relate to small harbor viability, including the development of state-based programs and policies to address small harbors issues. The 2017/2018 fellow may help advance efforts to promote small harbors and community sufficiency/resiliency in a variety of ways including working with Sea Grant and the GLC to educate stakeholders and state and federal agencies about the importance of coastal community revitalization in the Great Lakes.

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  • Eligible applicants include those who, at the time of application:
    • are 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, 2016).