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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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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
CFDA Number: 11.417
Funding or PIN Number: NOAA-OAR-SG-2024-24162
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Deadline: 01/25/24 5:00 PM Local Time Save

Grant Description
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). The intent of this opportunity is to award a limited number of fellowships each year to students who are interested in careers related to population and ecosystem dynamics and marine resource economics with a mission to achieve sustainable living marine resource management, and account for changing conditions using an ecosystem-based fishery management approach.

Student projects will focus on at least one of the following: 1) the population dynamics of living marine resources including protected species and species for which we seek sustainable fisheries; 2) stock assessment methodologies; 3) marine ecosystem modeling; 4) integrated ecosystem assessments; 5) ecosystem-based management of marine ecosystems; 6) economics of the conservation and management of living marine resources; and 7) quantitative survey analytical methodologies. These projects need to have a strong quantitative and applied resource management emphasis.

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.

Program Priorities:

The program priorities for this opportunity support NOAA’s overarching priorities, specifically by providing the science needed to sustainably manage and further account for changing ocean conditions into an ecosystem approach to fisheries management and to model and forecast those effects on fish stocks, their habitat and seafood productivity.

The goals of the program are to 1) encourage qualified students to pursue careers in population and ecosystem dynamics related to living marine resources; 2) encourage qualified students to pursue careers in marine resource economics; 3) increase available expertise related to quantitative ecology for systems of living marine resources; 4) increase available expertise related to the economic analysis of living marine resource conservation and management decisions; 5) foster closer relationships between academic scientists and NMFS; 6) provide real-world experience to graduate students and accelerate their career development; and 7) support graduate students from diverse backgrounds with an interest in population dynamics or marine resource economics. 

For additional details about program priorities, see page 3 of the NOFO document in Attached Files below. 


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Those eligible to submit to a Sea Grant Program:
1) Prospective fellows must be United States citizens.
2) 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.
3) 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.

Full applications submitted to must come from an eligible Sea Grant program. Prospective fellows enrolled towards a degree in a graduate program in a state or territory served by a Sea Grant program must submit to that program.

Additional Geographic Information:

Sea grant program locations:

Pre-Proposal Conference
Join the NMFS-Sea Grant 2024 Fellowship informational webinar on November 13, 2023 at 2 PM ET. Register here:

Join office hours, where anyone can ask questions, on November 14, 2023 from 12-1 PM ET and 3-4 PM ET. Attend here:

Pre-Application Information
Students should submit applications to a Sea Grant Program. Student applications are due to Sea Grant Programs by 5:00 pm local time on January 25, 2024.

Letters of Intent (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 8, 2024.

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 (EDT) on Thursday, February 22, 2024.

Subject to the availability of funds, funds are expected to be awarded by approximately August 1, 2024.

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.

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-Sea Grant Fellowship Program Manager.

Matching funds of at least 20% of the total federal request are required.

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Number of Grants
Expected Number of Awards: 10

Estimated Size of Grant
The award for each fellowship will be a multi-year cooperative agreement in an amount not to exceed $62,500 in federal funds per year for up to three years.

Term of Contract
Period of Performance: Projects should have a start date no earlier than August 1, 2024 and an end date of no later than July 31, 2027.

Contact Information
The student should apply through the Sea Grant program for the state where they are currently enrolled in school.

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

NMFS Fellowship Program Manager can be reached at the above email address or (240) 507-3712.

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

The National Sea Grant Office mailing address is:
NOAA Sea Grant
1315 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Tel: (240) 507-4825

RFP & Supporting Documents
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