Michigan Sea Grant Fellows Program 2020


The Michigan Sea Grant MSU Extension Fellows Program is designed for Michigan State University graduate students interested in engaged scholarship for research and extension engagement within the Great Lakes Region.

The program will enable graduate students interested in community-engaged scholarship and outreach and engagement relating to global freshwater fisheries; fisheries and food security; water quality, supply, and human health; Great Lakes commerce and transportation; or telecoupled systems to develop skills for helping decision-makers and other stakeholders to clarify actions or policy options, serving as honest brokers of policy alternatives, on issues important to the sustainability of the Great Lakes Region.

Michigan Sea Grant-MSU Extension, MSU Graduate School and University Outreach and Engagement sponsor this program.


The length of the assignment is for one year, starting fall semester 2020. 


  • Interested students must represent a focus on global freshwater fisheries; fisheries and food security; water quality, supply, and human health; Great Lakes commerce and transportation; or telecoupled systems related to the mission of the Michigan Sea Grant Extension Program.
  • Students must complete the seminar for MSU Graduate Certification in Community Engagement prior to or during the Fellow year. Apply here: https://gradcert.engage.msu.edu 
  • Students must receive a recommendation from their graduate advisor.
  • Students must complete the MSU Extension Volunteer Selection process to become a Michigan Sea Grant Silver or Gold level volunteer. Apply here: MSU Extension Volunteer Central

Application process

Interested students should submit application form online. Also, a single pdf must be uploaded that includes:

  • Short curriculum vitae (not to exceed 2 pages).
  • Personal statement (not to exceed 1 page) with emphasis on what the prospective fellow expects to gain from the experience for enhancing integration of research and Extension, as well as professional development and what the fellow may be able to contribute to all participants’ learning in the program.
Application Deadline: 
Feb. 26, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Selections will be made and applicants notified by end of April 2020.


  • Recruitment Fellows for Extension Engagement (master’s or doctoral students) – hourly pay or equivalent stipend up to $500 total.
  • Once selected, Fellows may be eligible to apply for limited project or portfolio support (e.g., travel, creative works, materials production, etc.).

Network Activities

Students selected for this Fellows Program will be participants in periodic group and professional meetings to help establish a network of community-engaged graduate students and professionals interested in engaged research and extension.

Apply for Michigan Sea Grant-MSU Extension Fellows Program 2019 is open.

Apply closes at 11:59 p.m. on February 26, 2020.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information contact Dr. Heather Triezenberg, vanden64@msu.edu, 517-353-5508, Manly Miles Building, 1405 S. Harrison Road, Room 305, East Lansing, MI 48823.