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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Upcoming Application Deadlines

NOAA Explorer-in-Training Program
Application Deadline: January 31, 2020

Link Foundation Ocean Engineering and Instrumentation Fellowships
Application Deadline: February 1, 2020

Gulf Research Program Early-Career Research Fellowship
Application Deadline: February 20, 2020

John Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program
Application Deadline: February 21, 2020

NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship
Application Deadline: February 27, 2020

Harbor Branch Marine Science and Engineering Summer Internships
Application Deadline: March 1, 2020

POGO Shipboard Fellowships
Open-ended call; applications reviewed as they come in

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.

Summer Positions and Volunteer Opportunities

Harbor Branch Marine Science and Engineering Summer Internships

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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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.

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