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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

GrantWatch ID# 193435
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
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)
CFDA Number: 11.417
Funding or PIN Number: NOAA-OAR-SG-2023-2007709
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: 01/25/23 5:00 PM Local Time

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 NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship Program in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics is designed to help Sea Grant fulfill its broad educational responsibilities and to strengthen the collaboration between Sea Grant and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Since 1990, Sea Grant and NMFS have partnered to train students through this joint fellowship program in two specialized areas: population and ecosystem dynamics as well as marine resource economics. Population and ecosystem dynamics involve the study of fish populations and marine ecosystems to better assess fishery stock conditions and dynamics. 

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.

To help achieve the goals of the fellowship, each Fellow will be required to work closely with an expert (mentor) from NOAA Fisheries 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 NOAA Fisheries facility. Mentors will be from participating NOAA Fisheries Science Centers or offices. participating NMFS Science Centers or offices and may be a source of matching funds.


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

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
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.

At the time of application, prospective fellows must be admitted to a Ph.D. degree program at an accredited university in the United States or its territories 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

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.

Foreign Nationals are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information
Important Dates:
- Eligible interested students must submit application materials by 5:00 PM, local time on January 25, 2023 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 February 8, 2023.
- 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, 2023.
- April/May: National review panel and finalists selection
- June: Applicants notified of application status
- August: Anticipated start date is: August 1, 2023
- July (2026): Projects are to be completed by: July 31, 2026

Applicants 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
Application packages may propose up to $58,333 in federal funding plus at least 20% matching funding per year.

Term of Contract
This fellowship can provide support for up to three years. The anticipated start date is August 1, 2023, with projects to be completed by July 31, 2026.

Contact Information
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.

RFP & Supporting Documents
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