Graduate Student/Early Career Resources

Oceanography Student News

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

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Postdoc Opportunities

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 ( with any questions.

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


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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

Other Useful Links

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.

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