2021 E. Gordon Grau Coastal and Marine Resource Management Fellowship Program
(2021 Grau Fellowship)


APPLICATIONS DUE: 5:00 pm HST on Friday, May 21, 2021

About the Fellowship

In recognition of Professor Emeritus E. Gordon Grau’s service of more than 14 years to the Sea Grant College Program at the University of Hawaiʻi (Hawaiʻi Sea Grant) and the national network of 34 Sea Grant College Programs nationwide, we have established the E. Gordon Grau Coastal and Marine Resource Management Fellowship Program (Grau Fellowship). Sponsored by Hawaiʻi Sea Grant, the Grau Fellowship provides a unique educational and work opportunity for post-graduate students who are interested in coastal and marine resource management and policy decisions affecting those resources in Hawaiʻi. Modeled after the highly successful John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program, the Grau Fellowship provides fellows an opportunity to acquire hands-on, on-the-job experience in the planning, implementation and management of marine, coastal, and/or watershed resource policies and programs in Hawaiʻi. The program matches highly motivated and qualified recent graduates of graduate programs with hosts in state, federal, or municipal agencies and nonprofits in Hawaiʻi for a 2-year paid fellowship ($4,833.33 per month).


Graduate students at institutions of higher education in Hawaiʻi who complete their degrees (Masters, Ph.D., or J.D) between May 1, 2020 and July 31, 2021 in fields related to conservation, management, public policy, planning, or law of marine and/or coastal resources are eligible and encouraged to apply (e.g., students who completed graduate programs in the Hawaiian Islands). Additionally, applicants who graduated from a high school in Hawaiʻi and complete their graduate degrees between May 1, 2020 and July 31, 2021 in related disciplines as described above from accredited institutions of higher education outside of Hawaiʻi are encouraged to apply (e.g., students who graduated high school in Hawaiʻi and completed graduate degrees in California). Fellows must complete all degree requirements before starting the fellowship.

Hawaiʻi Sea Grant is committed to increasing the diversity of the workforce in Hawaiʻi. Sea Grant embraces individuals of all ages, races, ethnicities, national origins, gender identities, sexual orientations, disabilities, cultures, religions, citizenship types, marital statuses, job classifications, veteran status types, and income, and socioeconomic status types. Hawaiʻi Sea Grant is committed to building inclusive research, extension, communication, and education programs that serve people with unique backgrounds, circumstances, needs, perspectives, and ways of thinking.

Stipend and Expenses

Each fellow will receive a $58,000/year stipend for the 2-year fellowship ($4,833.33/month). Fellows will be responsible for obtaining health insurance and for the tracking and allocation of state and federal taxes as appropriate. Possible travel associated with the fellowship may be covered by the host agency at the agency’s discretion.

Length of Assignment

The length of assignment is 2 years (24 months; non-renewable). The fellowship will begin August 1, 2021 and end July 31, 2023.

Application Process

A complete application will include:

1. Personal and academic curriculum vitae (two pages maximum, 12-point font)

  • Describes applicant’s experience in either marine/coastal/watershed/climate science, natural and cultural resource management, planning, public policy, and/or law.
  • Describes any honors, awards, and other recognition received by the applicant
  • Shows that the applicant has interest in working with diverse stakeholders
  • Describes applicant’s commitment to apply scientific expertise to serve society
  • Describes applicant’s prior leadership roles relevant to career stage (e.g., student government, faculty committees, advisory committees, professional societies, community initiatives, etc.)

2. A personal education and career goal statement (1,000 words maximum, 12-point font) that includes the following:

  • Emphasizes the applicant’s abilities and interests, relevant background and experience, and expectations of the career development experience.
  • Describes what the applicant expects to gain from and contribute to the Grau Fellowship Program.
  • Describes the applicant’s specific preference in the potential host office(s) listed.
  • Describes the applicant’s long term career goals.

3. Copies of all undergraduate and graduate student transcripts. Unofficial copies will be accepted at time of application deadline with official transcripts due prior to finalizing awards.

4. Two letters of professional recommendation, including one from the student’s degree advisor. If no degree advisor exists, the faculty member who is most familiar with the applicant academically may be substituted. Letters will be received through eProjects.

We encourage students to enter the names and emails of their letter writers in eProjects early in the application process.

How to Submit Application

Applications should be submitted via eProjects by 5:00 PM HST on Friday, May 21, 2021. https://www.soest.hawaii.edu/eProjects/logn/logn_login.php (Note: upon first arrival at eProjects, if you do not already have an account, you will be asked to sign up and create a username and password). Late applications will not be considered. Students will be asked to submit the names and emails for their letter writers. Letters of recommendation will be submitted via eProjects directly from the letter writers.

Potential Host Office(s) for the 2021 Fellowship

Hawaiʻi Division of Aquatic Resources

The mission of the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) is to work with the people of Hawai‘i to manage, conserve, and restore the state’s unique aquatic resources and ecosystems for present and future generations. DAR is leading the Holomua: Marine 30×30 initiative as part of a comprehensive strategy focused on our nearshore waters. The Grau Fellow will support the 30×30 team and DAR staff with activities to develop and strengthen the essential components of effective management of nearshore waters, including development of: a resilient marine managed area network; statewide fisheries rules; outreach and enforcement strategies; monitoring; and restoration. Projects the Grau Fellow may be involved in include drafting management plans for nearshore areas, interfacing with various communities and stakeholders, integrating alternative data sources into 30×30 planning, reviewing 30×30 communications materials, and supporting outreach efforts as needed.

Desired skills for this fellow are:

  • Background in marine management, marine biology, marine conservation, natural sciences, planning, communication.
  • Ability to learn and translate technical/scientific topics to non-technical audiences.
  • Ability to connect and communicate with various audiences.
  • Ability to work independently or in teams with diverse user groups, cultures, personalities, and perspectives.
  • Ability to coordinate and organize working groups and meeting logistics and planning.
  • Ability to think critically, speak clearly, and write effectively.

NOAA Pacific Region Executive Board

The NOAA Regional Collaboration mission is to identify, communicate, and respond to regional needs, catalyze collaboration, and connect people and capabilities to advance NOAA’s mission and priorities. Recognizing the unique value of Lalo or French Frigate Shoals (FFS) in the  Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM) and the potential severity and imminence of climate-related impacts, the NOAA Pacific Region Executive Board (PREB) has endorsed a cross-NOAA regional collaboration effort. This effort will (1) formulate a more nuanced understanding of the scope and timing of impacts on various natural and cultural resources within FFS in light of a rapidly changing climate, and (2) use this information to establish a range of monitoring and management measures that can be taken to mitigate these impacts. The Grau Fellow will support the NOAA PREB team in drafting an inter-agency action plan intended to maintain ecosystems and ecosystem services at FFS over the coming decades.

Desired skills for this fellow are:

  • Background in marine management, marine biology, conservation, and/or climate science.
  • Ability to play a lead role in crafting an inter-agency action plan that outlines research and management objectives, a development and implementation strategy, and articulating the technical and financial resources that would be required to carry the plan out.
  • Ability to support a robust dialog among monument co-trustees and stakeholders.
  • Ability to convene and conduct small group discussions and a large workshop (e.g., conducting planning meetings, developing agendas and participant lists, preparing pre- and post-meeting documents, etc.).
  • Ability to work independently or in teams with diverse user groups, cultures, personalities, and perspectives.
  • Ability to think critically, speak clearly, and write effectively.


Selection of finalists (2021 Grau Fellowship Cohort) will be made based on reviews of written application materials and interviews (in person, Skype, or phone). Selection criteria include: academic ability, communication skills, diversity and appropriateness of academic background, clear articulation of career goals and how the fellowship fits in the students anticipated career path, additional qualifying experience, and letters of support.


May 21, 2021 (5:00 PM HST): Applications due via eProjects https://www.soest.hawaii.edu/eProjects/logn/logn_login
June 2021 (approximate): Interviews for selection of finalists by Hawaiʻi Sea Grant. Finalists are notified of status.
August 1, 2021: Fellowship begins (date can be negotiated between fellow and host agency).


For additional information, please contact:
Maya Walton
Assistant Director for Research and Fellowships
University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program
waltonm@hawaii.edu; (808) 956-6992

Hawai‘i Sea Grant is Seeking Science Writers


Please reply to Cindy Knapman, lknapman@hawaii.edu by 5/19/21, 5:00 pm HST

Science writers specializing in coastal and ocean resource management and water resource management needed for Hawai‘i Sea Grant’s biannual magazine Ka Pili Kai, published by the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program, Honolulu, Hawai‘i. Must possess an understanding of Hawai‘i and Pacific Islands issues. It is helpful if the contractor is based in Hawai‘i or the Pacific Islands, but is not required.

Ka Pili Kai magazine communicates scientific knowledge to people of all ages who are interested in ocean and coastal management. It focuses on the topics such as water resources, coastal and climate science, sustainable coastal tourism, smart building and community design, marine education, and indigenous science, knowledge, and culture. The magazine is geared for ocean and coastal resource managers, policymakers, nongovernmental organizations such as environmental groups, and interested citizens. Please find a copy of our last issue HERE.

  1. The contractor will collect information on a pre-selected topic by interviewing scientists, resource managers, or cultural experts who are involved with the topic of interest.
  2. The contractor will be requested to write one or more of the following:
  3. 600-word profile on an individual
  4. 600-word story on a specific topic of interest that will be assigned
  5. 1,500-word summary of a selected book
  6. 2,000-2,500-word story on a specific topic of interest that will be assigned

The target audience includes policymakers, ocean and coastal resource professionals, and interested citizens. The articles should spark the reader’s interest by:

  1. Translating technical scientific information into layman’s terms.
  2. Providing context so the relevance of the information is readily apparent.
  3. Providing interesting quotes from the scientists and other interviewees.
  4. Craft a frame narrative so the article tells an interesting story and holds the reader’s

The contractor will also:

  1. Obtain photos and/or figures from the featured scientist(s) or cultural experts related to the findings and write captions for each. Photos and figures should be provided electronically as individual files. Photos should be .jpg or .tiff files with a minimum resolution of 300 dots per inch (dpi).
  2. Provide managing editor with a preliminary draft for review and work with them to resolve any issues regarding clarity and accuracy.
  3. Submit the final draft electronically in Microsoft Word along with photos and figures to the managing editor within 3 weeks.

The contractor must have sufficient understanding of science and ocean and coastal management to translate complex scientific information and make it interesting and accessible to a broad audience.

How to apply:

To apply, please send a PDF of the following application materials to lknapman@hawaii.edu:

  •    Cover letter
  •    Resume or CV
  •    3 writing samples that demonstrate an ability to translate scientific information in a style that stimulates the interest of an educated audience.
  1. Potential contractors shall supply a lump sum bid for writing one or more of the articles described above.
  2. Contractor is paid per article following satisfactory submittal.
  3. The contractor does not own the copyright to any work or writing produced.

Email responses to: lknapman@hawaii.edu

Questions? Please contact Cindy Knapman, lknapman@hawaii.edu, (808) 956-7410

About the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program

Founded in 1968, the University of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant College Program (Hawai’i Sea Grant) is part of a national network of 33 programs that promote better understanding, conservation, and use of coastal resources. Hawai’i Sea Grant works in partnership with the University of Hawaiʻi’s prestigious School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to identify Hawaiʻi’s critical resource management issues and guide cutting-edge scientific research to address these challenges.

Hawai’i Sea Grant supports an innovative program of research, extension, education, and communication services directed to the improved understanding and stewardship of coastal and marine resources. Realizing the necessity of collaboration to address coastal resource issues, Hawai’i Sea Grant also provides links between academia, federal, state, and local government agencies, industries, and local community members.

Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center Postdoctoral Fellowship

Future of Aquatic Flows in the Pacific Islands: Towards a National Synthesis Under a Changing Climate

APPLICATIONS DUE: 5:00 pm HST on Friday, May 28, 2021

Applications should be submitted to picasc@hawaii.edu. For more information contact 808-956-7031 or picasc@hawaii.edu

This will be a dual competition seeking individual applications from postdocs and mentors (research principle investigators). Applications do not have to be coordinated, but postdocs who wish to indicate a specific mentor and vice versa may do so. All potential mentors must submit a separate application. At this time, only mentor applications are being solicited. Postdoctoral applications will be sought in spring 2022.

Learn more about the fellowship and how to apply HERE

Learn more about PI-CASC HERE

Peter J. Rappa Sustainable Coastal Development Fellowship


APPLICATIONS DUE: Friday, March 12, 2021 at 5:00 PM HST
**Please remember to submit applications to eProjects

To continue the spirit and good work of long-time coastal sustainability extension agent Peter Joseph Rappa, the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program (Hawai‘i Sea Grant) created the Peter J. Rappa Fellowship (Rappa Fellowship) in memory of Mr. Rappa. Rappa Fellow(s) will be selected and involved in training and research to better understand aspects of coastal sustainability and resilience conducted within several of the Hawai‘i Sea Grant Centers of Excellence. Hawai‘i’s communities are engaging their natural, social, and built environments in efforts to better manage issues that affect their livability, sustainability and resilience. The Rappa Fellows will further their knowledge and understanding of sustainable coastal communities through research, extension, and community-based education in topics of coastal smart growth and community planning and their integration with hazard mitigation and climate change adaptation as well as cultural and traditional knowledge of Hawai‘i.

Potential projects for the 2021 Fellowship:
Preparing County of Kauaʻi for flooding and ensuring community resilience

  • Conduct a review of the County of Kauaʻi’s eligibility to join the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Community Rating System (CRS), a voluntary program designed to encourage and reward floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) standards.
  • The Rappa Fellows research and analysis will help the County to determine its next steps for joining the CRS, which will result in reduced flood insurance premiums for the Kauaʻi community. The Fellows research will include data collection on all the County’s flood management activities, policies and programs; working with the State Floodplain Management Coordinator and FEMA Region IX staff; and assisting in creating an assessment of the County’s eligibility pursuant to CRS/NFIP requirements; and communication of the findings to the County and key stakeholders.
  • Desirable skills/background include educational background and knowledge of coastal and flood hazards in Hawaiʻi, knowledge of FEMA, CRS, and NFIP programs, ability to assess and interpret complex rules and regulations, a fine attention to detail, and good oral and written communication skills, comfort with Zoom or other online communication tools, and a strong interest in how local government functions within various disaster management functions.

Developing a Public Engagement Strategy for the Hawaiʻi Sea Grant Streamside Guide

  • Design a public engagement strategy for the forthcoming online resource ‘The Streamside Guide: Recommendations for Hawaiʻi’, a guidance for urban stream owners on recommended stewardship practices.
  • The Rappa Fellow would assist in the creation of trainings and workshops for property owners, coordination of presentations to community and neighborhood groups, creation and printing of marketing materials, writing of op-eds and press releases, coordination with and interviewing of subject-matter experts, collaboration with nonprofits and community groups, canvassing of neighborhoods, and more.
  • Assist with the creation of a streamside demonstration site, including volunteer engagement and field work*.
  • Desirable skills: Experience with public outreach and communications, strong writing skills, comfort with Zoom and other online communications technologies, interest in environmental planning and urban ecology, public speaking, ability and willingness to work outdoors (removing invasive species, planting, digging, etc.), knowledge of native Hawaiian plants and ecosystems/video creation and editing are a plus.
  • *Outreach approach and field work dependent on COVID-19 protocols at time of fellowship.

Prepare Hawaiʻi for Transition to Renewable Energy Sources

This project’s aim is to provide communities with tools and support to make energy resilience decisions that are most effective for them. The Rappa Fellow would assist in identification of remote and islanded communities, stakeholder engagement with a particular emphasis on innovative and renewable energy supply and energy efficient end use technologies focusing on environmental attributes, reliability, affordability, and long-term energy planning.

  • Assist in developing a structure for collecting and prioritizing community needs for technical support. Once prioritized, participate in the development of a document that outlines work with community groups. This project may involve assisting community outreach/discussion; synthesizing information in existing technical reports; and conducting new technical analysis.
  • Assist in the creation, graphic design, and dissemination of presentation materials for virtual training about community-specific approaches to transition to renewable
  • Desirable skills: Understanding of building energy efficiency and audits,working knowledge of Adobe suite software, comfort with Zoom and other online communications technologies, experience using Tableau, trong writing skills, and experience with energy businesses or energy regulatory agencies.

In addition to engaging fully in one of the listed potential projects above, the Rappa Fellow will also gain an understanding of the multifaceted operations of Hawai‘i Sea Grant through shadowing extension faculty and participating in activities as scheduling permits.

Requirements (Who is eligible?):
All full-time undergraduates or graduate students currently enrolled in an accredited university or community college are eligible to apply for the Rappa Fellowship

The 2021 Rappa Fellowship may take place at one or a combination of the following locations.

  • Remote/Virtual
  • Hawai‘i Sea Grant office on the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa campus
  • City and County of Kauaʻi, Office of Planning

Maya Walton, Assistant Director for Research and Fellowships, University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program

Length of Fellowship:

  • 8-weeks full time (40 hour/week) summer fellowship
  • The fellowship will begin on Monday June 14, 2021 and will end on Friday, August 6, 2021


  • $6,000

Application components:

  • Cover Letter (2 pages maximum)

The cover letter should describe your goals with an emphasis on what you as the applicant expect to gain from and contribute to the Rappa Fellowship program. The cover letter should also describe your specific interest/preference in the potential projects listed above and how your background and experience supports this project.

  • Resume (2 pages maximum)
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Two reference letters

Application Submission:
Please submit via eProjects by Friday, March 12, 2021 at 5:00 PM HST


Contact for Questions:
Maya Walton
Assistant Director for Research and Fellowships, University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program
waltonm@hawaii.edu (808) 956-6992

Selection of finalists:
Finalists will be selected by a review panel and will be contacted for interviews in April. Final decisions will be made by May and all applicants will be notified of a decision by this time.

John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program


University of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant College Program
2525 Correa Road, HIG #238
Honolulu, HI 96822

Important dates and deadlines

Friday Feb. 19, 2021 5pm: applications due to Hawaiʻi Sea Grant
Feb. 1, 2022: start date for Knauss Fellowship in Washington DC

The John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship provides a unique educational experience to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The program, which is sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Sea Grant College Program, matches highly qualified graduate students with “hosts” in the legislative and executive branches of government located in the Washington, D.C. area, for a one-year paid fellowship.

How to Apply: Interested students should discuss this fellowship with Hawaiʻi Sea Grant. Please contact Hawaiʻi Sea Grant Program Leader, Maya Walton at 808-956-6992 or waltonm@hawaii.edu. No more than six (6) applicants will be submitted to the NSGO according to criteria used in the national competition. The selection process and notification to Hawaiʻi Sea Grant will be completed by June of 2021.

Applicants must be graduate students as of Feb 21, 2021 to be eligible, but may graduate any time thereafter. Students from natural science, social science, and law graduate and professional programs are encouraged to apply. Any questions on the fellowship or application process can be directed to Hawaiʻi Sea Grant Program Leader, Maya Walton (waltonm@hawaii.edu808-956-6992). Thank you!

For further details, visit: https://seagrant.noaa.gov/Knauss

Coastal Management Fellowship


University of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant College Program
2525 Correa Road, HIG #238
Honolulu, HI 96822

Important dates and deadlines

Friday Jan 18, 2019: applications due to Hawaii Sea Grant
August 2019 start date for Coastal Management Fellowship

The Coastal Management Fellowship provides on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students and to provide project assistance to state coastal zone management programs. The program matches postgraduate students with state coastal zone programs to work on projects proposed by the state and selected by the fellowship sponsor, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center. This two-year opportunity offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement.

How to Apply: Interested students should discuss this fellowship with Maya Walton (link sends e-mail) at 808-956-6992 or waltonm@hawaii.edu. No more than three (3) applicants will be submitted to the NOAA Coastal Services Center. A reminder that students are eligible to apply if they completed or plan to complete their master’s, doctoral, or professional degrees between January 1, 2018 and July 31, 2019.

For further details, visit the Coastal Management Fellowship website at: http://coast.noaa.gov/fellowship/

Read full announcement HERE