Coastal Science Fellowship for Underserved Undergraduates

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Coastal Science Fellowship for Underserved Undergraduates

The Coastal Science Fellowship for Underserved Undergraduates will allow students to work with scientists, K-12 educators, extension professionals, or law-and-policy specialists.

Coastal science fellows will learn how coastal resources are managed, gain hands-on experience in research, outreach, and education, and learn about potential career paths. The fellowship aims to provide real-world experience to better prepare fellows to enter the workforce or pursue a graduate degree.

Fellows will complete the fellowships on the Alabama or Mississippi coast. (Some work may be performed remotely.)

Brief Description

OrganizationAuburn University
Education LevelUndegraduate
Amount$8,000 stipend for 400 hours of fellowship work ($20/hour)
Access ModeOnline
Number of AwardsNA
Contest DeadlineSeptember 07, 2022
Application FeesNA
RequirementsFellowship application

Who is Eligible?

MASGC seeks to involve students from historically underrepresented groups* in sciences (see “More Information” section below). Current juniors and seniors from MASGC institutions and any public or private four-year Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Alabama and Mississippi may apply.

MASGC institutions include Auburn University, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Jackson State University, Mississippi State University, The University of Alabama, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, The University of Mississippi, The University of Southern Mississippi, and the University of South Alabama.

MASGC welcomes students who have overcome educational or economic disadvantages and personal or family circumstances that may complicate their continued progress in scientific careers.

Applicants must be interested in coastal sciences and have a valid driver’s license.

Auburn University

How to Apply?

Application materials should be submitted to Loretta Leist ( as individual Adobe PDF or MS Word files. Applications must include the following:

  1. Career goal statement (1,000-word maximum length) – The goal statement should be specific, direct, and concise and describe a career or life goal.
  2. Please state how you meet the description of an underserved individual as defined by Executive Order 13985* (see language below under “more information”).
  3. Résumé – 2 pages maximum. The résumé may include employment, other experience, honors and awards, and volunteer and extracurricular activities.
  4. Official undergraduate transcripts are sent directly to Loretta Leist (703 East Beach Drive, Ocean Springs, MS 39564/ from the applicant’s college or university registrar’s office.
  5. Two letters of recommendation from professors or instructors and people familiar with the applicant. The people writing the letters of recommendation should email them as PDF or Word files to Loretta Leist ( These letters should demonstrate knowledge of the applicant and their abilities; speak to the leadership potential, confidence, maturity, and self-direction of the applicant; provide evidence of the applicant’s willingness and flexibility to learn new skills and expand their experience; provide evidence of the applicant’s creative thinking and analytical skills.


Each fellow will receive an $8,000 stipend for 400 hours of fellowship work ($20/hour). (Applicants must arrange their lodging.)

Application Deadline

The deadline for online submission of the application and supporting documents is September 07, 2022

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