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Fellowships to USA Ph.D. Students for Workforce Development and
Training in Marine Ecosystems and Marine Resources

National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) - Sea Grant Joint Fellowship in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics

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U.S. Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) - National Sea Grant Office (NSGO) and Ocean Acidification Program (OAP)

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01/27/22 5:00 PM Local Time


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Fellowships to USA and territories graduate students in eligible Ph.D. programs for workforce development and training related to marine ecosystems and marine resources. Eligible uses of funding may include fees, tuition, travel, stipend, equipment, and supplies. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities to students who are interested in careers related to population and ecosystem dynamics and marine resource economics with applications to living marine resources.

The National Sea Grant College Program (Sea Grant) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) support Ph.D. graduate fellowships in two specific areas (1) population and ecosystem dynamics (PED) and (2) marine resource economics (MRE). 

Population and Ecosystem Dynamics: This fellowship focuses on the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing marine ecosystems, for assessing the status of fish, invertebrate, and other targeted species stocks, and for assessing the status of marine mammals, seabirds, and other protected species.

Marine Resource Economics: This fellowship focuses on the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing the economics of the conservation and management of living marine resources.

The goals of the NOAA Fisheries/Sea Grant Fellowship Program are: 

  • To encourage qualified applicants to pursue careers in either population and ecosystem dynamics and stock assessment or in marine resource economics 
  • To increase available expertise related to these fields 
  • To foster closer relationships between academic scientists and NOAA Fisheries 
  • To provide real-world experience to graduate students and accelerate their career development.

If selected, each fellow will be required to work closely with an expert (mentor) from NMFS who may provide data for a fellow's thesis, serve on the fellow's committee, and/or host an annual summer internship at the participating NMFS facility. Mentors will be from participating NMFS Science Centers or offices and may be a source of matching funds.

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Subject to the availability of funding, the fellowship program expects to award at least four new Ph.D. fellowships to students who are interested in careers related to population and ecosystem dynamics of living marine resources and/or marine ecosystem dynamics, and at least one new Ph.D. fellowship to students who are interested in careers related to marine resource economics.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The award for each fellowship will be a multi-year cooperative agreement in an amount not to exceed $54,166 in federal funds per year for up to three years.

Term of Contract:

This fellowship can provide support for up to three years. The anticipated start date is August 1, 2022, with projects to be completed by July 31, 2025.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowships are available to U.S. citizens who are graduate students enrolled in or provisionally accepted to Ph.D. degree programs in academic institutions in the United States and its territories. Only U.S. citizens are eligible to apply. Foreign Nationals are not eligible.

At the time of application, prospective fellows must be admitted to a Ph.D. degree program at a U.S. accredited university in the U.S. in population dynamics, ecosystem dynamics, resource or environmental economics, or a related field such as wildlife biology, fishery biology, natural resource management, marine biology, quantitative ecology, applied mathematics, applied statistics, or simulation modeling at an institution of higher education in the United States or its territories.

Alternatively, a prospective fellow may submit a signed letter from the institution indicating provisional acceptance to a Ph.D. degree program conditional on obtaining financial support such as this fellowship.

Indirect costs are not allowable for either the fellowship or for any costs associated with the fellowship including waived indirect costs as match (15 C.F.R. § 917.11(e), "Guidelines for Sea Grant Fellowships").

Pre-Application Information:

Eligible interested students must submit application materials by 5:00 PM, local time on January 27, 2022 to eligible Sea Grant programs.

LOIs should be submitted from eligible Sea Grant programs via email to the NSGO Fellowship Program Managers by 5:00 pm Eastern Time on Thursday, February 10, 2022.

Selected applications from the eligible Sea Grant program are to be received and validated in by the deadline of 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on February 24, 2022.

Interested students are strongly encouraged to reach out to the Sea Grant program in their state/territory at least one month prior to the state application deadline to receive application support and provide notification of intent to apply.

Interested students enrolled towards a degree in a graduate or professional program in a state or territory not served by a Sea Grant program must first contact the program manager to obtain a written referral to an eligible Sea Grant program.

Matching funds of at least 20% of the total federal request are required, as described on page 7 of the Notice of Federal Funding (in Attached Files below).

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

LOIs should be received via email by the NSGO Fellowship Program Managers:

Applicants enrolled towards a degree in a graduate program in a state or territory served by a Sea Grant Program must submit to that program. Applicants in states or territories without a Sea Grant program must submit their applications to the Sea Grant program to which they were referred to by the NMFS Fellowship Program Manager, who can be reached at or (240) 507-3712.

For more information, please contact your local Sea Grant Program or the NMFS Fellowship Program Manager.

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