Graduate Student/Early Career Resources
These issues include a regular column from the TOS student representative, links to career profiles of non-academic oceanographers, profiles of TOS student subcommittee members and information on student activities planned for the upcoming scientific meetings. Feel free to forward the links to the newsletters to other students, or print out a copy and post it on your department bulletin board. Any questions? Email TOS Student Rep Chrissy Hernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Richard Gilder Graduate School Postdoctoral Fellowships
Application Deadline: November 15, 2019
Green Foundation Postdoctoral Scholarship
Application Deadline: December 1, 2019
Harry Hess Fellows Program
Application Deadline: December 8, 2019
Flint Postdoctoral Fellowship
Application Deadline: December 15, 2019
NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Application Deadline: January 10, 2020
Gulf Research Program Early-Career Research Fellowship
Application Deadline: February 20, 2020
TOS Mentoring Program
In early 2017, TOS launched a pilot mentoring program for TOS graduate student members. This pilot program is modeled on the successful MPOWIR program in which two senior scientists lead monthly conference calls with six graduate students. To be eligible to apply for this program, TOS graduate student members must be studying at an institution located in the United States and must have completed the equivalent of two years of their graduate program. Participants will be selected to achieve balance among institutions, demographics and scientific disciplines. The first online application has passed. Please keep an eye out for new deadlines. Contact Jenny Ramarui (email@example.com) with any questions.
TOS Jobs Center
Academic Careers Online
Academic Jobs EU
AGU Career Center
ASLO Jobs Page
Science (AAAS) Careers Page
Conservation Job Board
European Geosciences Union Jobs page
MATE Jobs Page
Monster: Oceanography Jobs
National Association of Marine Laboratories
US Federal Government Jobs
Fellowships and Scholarships
AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowships
American Association of University Women Fellowships
ASLO Early Career and Student Resources
California Sea Grant State Fellowship
Consortium for Ocean Leadership Policy Internship
DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program
EPA Office of Research and Development Postdoctoral Research Program
Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs
Hall-Bonner Program for Minority Doctoral Students
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
International Seabed Authority Endowment Fund (developing countries)
John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship
Link Foundation Ocean Engineering & Instrumentation PhD Fellowship Program
MATE Internships & Scholarships
NASA Interns, Fellows, and Scholars
NRC Research Associateship Programs
NOAA Climate & Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship
NOAA Explorer-in-Traning Program
NOAA Fisheries Sea Grant Fellowship
NOAA Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program
NOAA MPOWIR Internship
North Pacific Research Board Graduate Student Research Awards
NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
NSF Graduate Research Internship Program
NSF Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide
NSF Research Traineeship Program
NSPIRES: NASA New Early Career Investigator Program in Earth Science
Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program
POGO-SCOR Visiting Fellowships
Schlanger Ocean Drilling Fellowship Program
Smithsonian Fellowship Opportunities
Summer Positions and Volunteer Opportunities
Ship Time/Fieldwork Opportunities
NOAA Opportunities for Students
Ocean Discovery Program Expeditions
Ocean Exploration Trust Science & Engineering Internship Program
POGO Fellowships for Shipboard Training
Schmidt Ocean Institute
UNOLS Cruise Opportunity Program
UNOLS Chief Scientist Training Cruise Program
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Oceanography Career Profiles
Read career profiles of marine scientists who have pursued successful and fulfilling careers outside of academia. These profiles discuss the career paths taken, decisions made along the way, and job satisfaction, and provide advice on job searches. More than 60 profiles are available for viewing here.
Articles, Blogs, and Books of Interest
- Commentary: Lessons Learned from Leaving Academia. In this commentary published in Physics Today, Elizabeth Frank elaborates on her career and three important lessons she’s learned from leaving academia.
- Novelist Cormac McCarthy’s Tips on How to Write a Great Science Paper. In this Career Column in the journal Nature, Van Savage and Pamela Yeh condense and share Cormac McCarthy’s advice for writing scientiftic papers.
- How To Transition from College to Grad School. Michael J. Douma of Georgetown University provides some advice on how to become a scholar.
- An Open Letter to New Graduate Students. In this helpful ProfHacker blog post aimed at students beginning a PhD program, Brian Croxall makes “explicit the unwritten rules, norms, and quirks of academia.”
- Tips for First-Time Teaching Assistants. Philip Guo provides tips that might be of help in the classroom.
Making the Most of Your Summer Internship. In a GradHacker post, Andrew Bishop talks about lessons learned from past internships.
Goal-Setting vs. Goal-Achieving. In this blog post from GradHacker, Katie Shives talks about how to stay on track in graduate school when thrown into an open-ended project.
How to Correspond with Potential Graduate School Advisers. Read this helpful Clastic Detritus blog post by Brian Romans, a geology professor at Virginia Tech.
Managing Your Advisor. The most helpful habits to develop in working with your advisor. In this blog post from GradHacker, author Katie Shives talks about the concept of “managing up” your advisor.
Graduate Students: Working With Your Faculty Adviser. Post from the University of Washington College of Education.
How to Get the Mentoring You Want: A Guide for Graduate Students. From the Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan.
How to Obtain the Mentoring You Need: A Guide for Graduate Students. Helpful pages from the University of Washington Graduate School.
- 31 Tips for Thriving in Graduate School. By the Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education at Virginia Tech.
Mental Health in the Sciences. Nature series offering stories and advice on how to maintain good mental health in the hyper-competitive science environment.
- Boss, E. 2018. Advice for young scientists on fruitful membership in the scientific community. Oceanography 31(2), https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2018.203.
- Fiske, P. 2018. Why scientists need to market themselves. Nature 555:275–276, https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-018-02747-y.
- Shorr, A. 2017. Grad School is hard on mental heath. Here’s an antidote. Chronicle of Higher Education.
- Grad Logic: Navigating the Ups and Downs of Graduate School (blog). http://gradlogic.org/
- Gaudet, A.D. 2015. Secrets to thriving in grad school. Science, https://doi.org/10.1126/science.caredit.a1500019.
- Glessmer, M.S., A. Adams, M.G. Hastings, and R.T. Barnes. 2015. Taking ownership of your own mentoring: Lessons learned from participating in the Earth Science Women’s Network. Pp. 113–132 in The Mentoring Continuum: From Graduate School Through Tenure, G. Wright, ed., Syracuse University Graduate School Press.
- Parsons, Chris: 10 tips for grad students to make the most of a scientific conference. Southern Fried Science (blog)
- Parsons, Chris: Tips for writing a good abstract for a scientific conference. Southern Fried Science (blog)
- Böttjer, D., S.P. Jungbluth, R. Boiteau, B. Burkhardt, F. de Leo, and B.C. Bruno. 2014. Career choices in marine and environmental sciences: Navigating a sea of options. Oceanography 27(2):201–207, http://dx.doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2014.35.
- Bonetta, L., ed. 2006. Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty. Second edition. Burroughs Wellcome Fund and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, 256 pp.
- Cook, S.B., and N.H. Marcus, guest editors. 2016. Oceanography special issue on Graduate Education in the Ocean Sciences.
- Reis, R.M. 1997. Tomorrow’s Professor: Preparing for Careers in Science and Engineering. Wiley-IEEE Press, 436 pp.
- The Oceanography Society. 2005. Scientifically Speaking: Tips for Preparing and Delivering Scientific Talks and Using Visual Aids, 24 pp.
- Yoder, J. 2016. Non-academic career opportunities for MS and PhD ocean scientists. 3 pp.
Other Useful Links
An Individual Development Plan helps you explore career possibilities and set goals. Get started at this Science Careers web page.
- MPOWIR (Mentoring Physical Oceanography Women to Increase Retention) Career Profiles
- OSM 2014 Early Career Workshop presentations: Keys to proposing, conducting, presenting, and publishing your research
- Individual Development Plan – Explore career possibilities and set goals
- Mentoring Physical Oceanography Women to Increase Retention is a community-based program that provides mentoring to physical oceanographers from late graduate school through their early careers.
- MS PHD’S: Minorities Striving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success in Earth System Science provides students with professional development opportunities, science exposure, networking opportunities, and mentoring relationships.
- Dissertations Initiative for the Advancement of Climate Change Research (DISCCRS). This organization has a searchable database of PhD dissertation abstracts and a career resources page, and organizes symposia for early career scientists.
- The Tomorrow’s Professor Postings website provides concise advice on preparing for careers in academia.
- Resources for the Development of Early Career Scientists on the Howard Hughes Medical Institute website.
2016 Graduate Education Survey Results
In preparation for the TOS-sponsored Town Hall on “What’s Right and What’s Wrong with Graduate Education in the Ocean Sciences?” TOS compiled the nearly 400 responses it received from members who took the TOS graduate education survey. TOS President Susan Lozier presented the survey results at the Town Hall. During the evening event, the ~130 participants formed small groups to discuss features of graduate education that should be retained and ideas for possible changes. A concluding open mike session gave participants an additional opportunity to share even more ideas and experiences. » See the survey results.