NOAA Fisheries-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship

Group of students posting by sign that reads Beaufort Laboratory est. 1899.
Students from the 2017 National Marine Fisheries Service-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship Program. Image credit: NOAA.

The National Marine Fisheries Service-Sea Grant Fellowship in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics competition is now open.

Official Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).

Population and Ecosystem Dynamics: Sea Grant anticipates funding at least four new Ph.D. fellowships in 2022 to students who are interested in careers related to marine ecosystem and population dynamics, with a focus on modeling and managing systems of living marine resources. The emphasis will be 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: Sea Grant anticipates funding one new Ph.D. fellowship in 2022 to students who are interested in careers related to the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing the economics of the conservation and management of living marine resources.

Fellows will work on thesis problems of public interest and relevance to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) under the guidance of NMFS mentors at participating NMFS Science Centers or Offices. The NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics meets NOAA's healthy oceans goal of "marine fisheries, habitats, biodiversity sustained with healthy and productive ecosystems."

Funding: Application packages may propose up to $54,166 in federal funding plus at least 20% matching funding per year. These awards will be jointly funded by NMFS and Sea Grant. These fellowships can provide support for up to three years.

Contact: 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.

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

Eligibility: Interested students enrolled toward a degree in a graduate or professional program in a state or territory served by a Sea Grant program must submit to that program. Other interested students must submit their applications to the Sea Grant program to which they were referred to by the NMFS-SG Fellowship Program Manager listed in Section VII of the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).

Letters of Intent: LOIs should be submitted from eligible Sea Grant programs via email to the NSGO Fellowship Program Managers (oar.sg.fellows@noaa.gov) 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 Grants.gov by the deadline of 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on February 24, 2022. (Note that National Sea Grant Office staff will only be available to answer questions until 5:00 p.m. ET). The application submitted to the eligible Sea Grant program by the interested student must be submitted to Grants.gov unchanged.

Title page: When an interested student is applying, be sure to specify your project’s focus area in your title page: either Population and Ecosystem Dynamics (PED), or Marine Resource Economics (MRE). See Section IV.B, Content and Form of Application, for more information.


Program Staff

Alexander Frie
Research and Fellowship Coordinator