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Armin E. Elsaesser Fellowship

About the Fellowship

The Fellowship program, established in 1987, is in memory of Armin E. Elsaesser III - sailor, educator, and adventurer - who sailed on several Westward cruises and taught Maritime Studies on shore. With his strong curiosity and sense of adventure, Armin inspired SEA students and staff alike.

Purpose: The goal of the Armin E. Elsaesser Fellowship is to help one person each year follow a dream that has been elusive because of the demands of work or study. The successful project will involve active investigation into an area of personal interest (excluding work or study subjects) that is marine-related and reflects a creative and independent approach to the pursuit of knowledge.

Eligibility: SEA Semester alumni, faculty, staff, and past employees are eligible for the Fellowship. The award is between $5,000 - $10,000 for projects that are at least one month in duration and involve any marine or maritime field that is not directly related to the applicant's current professional or academic activities. Winners will be chosen by a competitive selection.

To Apply: Preliminary proposals for the Elsaesser Fellowship are accepted on a rolling basis until SEPTEMBER 1. Preliminary proposals should be no more than two pages, with a project outline, preliminary budget, and short biographical sketch of the applicant. Email Fellowship proposals to elsaesser@sea.edu or mail to Elsaesser Committee, SEA, PO Box 6, Woods Hole, MA 02543.


News: Recent Elsaesser Fellowship Winners

Elsaesser Fellow Jonathan Harris Explores Historic Structures, Fortifications along Gulf Coast

Posted on: June 26, 2019
SEA Semester

The expedition continues!  Jonathan Harris, C-112, winner of the 2019 Armin E. Elsaesser III Fellowship, has added a number of blog posts and photographs chronicling his ongoing research project, “Pirates, Blockades and Commerce: an expedition to explore the maritime history, fortifications,… Read More


The War of 1812 and Pirate Jean Lafitte: Elsaesser Research Continues along Gulf Coast

Posted on: May 29, 2019
SEA Semester

Jonathan Harris, C-112, winner of the 2019 Armin E. Elsaesser III Fellowship, continues his research along the Gulf Coast as part of his project, “Pirates, Blockades and Commerce: an expedition to explore the maritime history, fortifications, and lighthouses of the Gulf Islands National Seashore.”

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Pirates, Blockades and Commerce: 2019 Elsaesser Fellowship Winner Begins Blog Posts

Posted on: March 21, 2019
SEA Semester

Jonathan Harris, C-112, winner of the 2019 Armin E. Elsaesser III Fellowship, has begun research on his project, “Pirates, Blockades and Commerce: an Expedition to Explore the Maritime History, Fortifications, and Lighthouses of the Gulf Islands National Seashore.”

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In the Path of Pirates! 2019 Elsaesser Fellow to Research Gulf Coast

Posted on: December 11, 2018
By: Doug Karlson, communications@sea.edu
SEA Semester

Jonathan Harris, C-112, is the winner of the 2019 Armin E. Elsaesser III Fellowship. Jonathan, a geologist and former SEA crewmember, is an education and outreach coordinator at Mississippi State University. Harris was selected from a field of 13 applicants.

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“I went looking for boats but came home with friends”

Posted on: July 16, 2018
By: Michael Jacobson, W-72, Elsaesser Fellow
SEA Semester

SEA Semester alumnus Michael Jacobson (W-72), the recipient of the 2018 Armin E. Elsaesser III Fellowship award, recently traveled to southern Taiwan to document the indigenous Tao people’s traditional boat building and fishing culture.

I went to Taiwan and Orchid Island to learn… Read More


Latest Update from Elsaesser Fellowship Winner

Posted on: April 26, 2018
By: Michael Jacobson, W-72
SEA Semester

SEA Semester alumnus Michael Jacobson (W-72), the recipient of the 2018 Armin E. Elsaesser III Fellowship award, recently traveled to southern Taiwan to document the indigenous Tao people’s traditional boat building and fishing culture.  This is his third update.

I am already… Read More


Update on Current Elsaesser Fellowship Research

Posted on: March 27, 2018
By: Michael Jacobson, W-72
SEA Semester

SEA Semester alumnus Michael Jacobson (W-72), the recipient of the 2018 Armin E. Elsaesser III Fellowship award, is currently in southern Taiwan documenting the indigenous Tao people’s traditional boat building and fishing culture.  He recently sent us his second update on his activities.

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Elsaesser Fellow Michael Jacobson Updates Research in Taiwan

Posted on: March 05, 2018
SEA Semester

SEA Semester alumnus Michael Jacobson (W-72), the recipient of the 2018 Armin E. Elsaesser III Fellowship award, is currently on Orchid Island, southeast of Taiwan, documenting the indigenous Tao people’s traditional boat building and fishing culture.  He recently sent us a brief update… Read More


Michael Jacobson wins Elsaesser Award

Posted on: January 10, 2018
By: Doug Karlson, communications@sea.edu
SEA Semester

SEA Semester alumnus Michael Jacobson (W-72) has been named as recipient of the 2018 Armin E. Elsaesser III Fellowship award.  Michael will use his award to travel to Orchid Island, southeast of Taiwan, to document the indigenous Tao people’s traditional boat building and fishing culture. … Read More


2016 Elsaesser Fellowship Winner Final Report

Posted on: March 01, 2017
By: Doug Karlson, communications@sea.edu
SEA Semester

Ex.Ex.Redux: Elsaesser Fellowship winner Timothy Dwyer retraces path of 1841 US Exploring Expedition

This past summer, Timothy Dwyer (W-160), the recipient of the 2016 Elsaesser Fellowship, assembled a crew of adventurers to follow in the path of Captain Charles Wilkes and the United States… Read More


Alumni Contact

Victoria Smith

Alumni Relations Coordinator
(508) 540-3954 ext. 512
vsmith@sea.edu