NOAA Fisheries (NMFS) – Sea Grant Fellowship
Applications for the 2017 fellowship closed January 27, 2017.
The NOAA Fisheries – Sea Grant Fellowship is for PhD students interested in careers related to (1) marine ecosystem and population dynamics, with a focus on modeling and managing systems of living marine resources, or (2) economics of the conservation and management of living marine resources.
The award for each fellowship, contingent on the availability of federal funds, will be $46,000 per year. For more details or to apply, see the 2017 Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) announcements below:
• FFO for Population and Ecosystem Dynamics [PDF; 27 KB]
• FFO announcement for Marine Resource Economics [PDF; 30 KB]
Applications should be submitted to Alaska Sea Grant. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Alaska Sea Grant as early as possible. Applications are customarily due in late January for fellowships that begin in the summer. PhD candidates interested in population and ecosystem dynamics can receive up to three years of funding. PhD students in marine resource economics can receive two years of funding.
Background and information
In 1999, the NOAA National Sea Grant Office and NOAA Fisheries established this graduate fellowship program in two specialized areas: population dynamics and marine resource economics.
- Population and ecosystem dynamics involve the study of fish populations and marine ecosystems to better assess fishery stock conditions and dynamics. Emphasis is 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 concentrates on the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing the economics of the conservation and management of living marine resources.
The four main goals of the NOAA Fisheries/Sea Grant Fellowship are:
- To encourage qualified applicants to pursue careers in either population 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 these goals, each Fellow works closely with a mentor from NOAA Fisheries who will serve on the Fellow’s committee. The mentor may also provide access to research data sources and to working/laboratory space in a NOAA Fisheries research facility and/or research vessel, if appropriate.
- Updated FAQs for NOAA Fisheries/Sea Grant Fellowship
- Fellows selected in 2016: includes name, program, school, professor, NMFS mentor, and PhD dissertation title
- Each year, fellows are required to present their results at a two-day annual fellows meeting, usually at one of the NOAA Fisheries Science Centers
- The NOAA Fisheries Sea Grant Fellowship web page