The Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries

Professional Development Program

This program provides an extended career development opportunity with Florida Sea Grant at the University of Florida. The program is being offered to Gulf and Caribbean-based fisheries and marine resource professionals.

The Mission

Promote greater collaboration, synergy, and sharing of knowledge among organizations that manage and promote the sustainability of the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean fishery and marine resources.


The program will focus on capacity-building related to one or more of the following areas:

> Fisheries management and policy

> Fisheries stock assessment

> Data analysis methods (qualitative/quantitative)

> Geographic Information Systems

The Award

The successful candidate will be hosted by Florida Sea Grant at the University of Florida located in Gainesville, Florida, USA. He/she will interact with faculty and affiliates of Florida Sea Grant whose expertise aligns with their professional interests.

This is a four-month program that coincides each year with the spring or fall semester at the University of Florida.

The award approximates $15,000 US and covers lodging, living expenses, and round-trip airfare for the successful candidate.

Award Requirements

Applicants must be employed by a resource management ministry or government agency located in the Gulf of Mexico or Caribbean region.

Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree (e.g., BA or BS) or a professional degree (e.g., Juris Doctorate) from an accredited college or university.

English proficiency required.

This opportunity is not open to students.

Geographic Eligibility

From Bermuda, central and south American countries from Mexico to Colombia, CRFM member states, and US Territories in the Caribbean.

This opportunity is not open to persons residing in the continental United States.

Application Process

Applicants should submit a compile document via email with the following information:

A. Contact information: Please provide name, full mailing address, telephone number, and email address

B. Job Status: Please describe your current job and professional interest (250-500 words).

C. Training interest: Please specify the training topic of interest and skills you would like to gain. Describe an ongoing project or propose a project  that you would like to develop and explain how the implementation of the project would benefit from participation in this training opportunity (500-1,000 words).

D. Letter of endorsement: Please include a letter of endorsement from an individual who is familiar with your professional status and accomplishments.

E. Educational credentials: Please include a scanned image of your Bachelors, Masters, Ph.D., or other professional degree (e.g., Law) from an accredited university or college.

F. Professional Accomplishments: Please provide a current resume. Your resume should highlight additional relevant education, training experiences, publications and/or reports, honors and/or awards.

All six sections (A-F above) of the application must be labeled, scanned, combines in order and emailed in Adobe Acrobat format (PDF file) to Florida Sea Grant c/o Dr. Charles Sidman (

Applications must be complete. Partial application will not be accepted. Florida Sea Grant will confirm receipt of applications via email at the time they are received. Usually the call for application is open March-April of each year.



Please direct any questions regarding this opportunity to:

Florida Sea Grant c/o Dr. Charles Sidman at

The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism c/o Dr. Susan Singh-Renton at


Program Sponsors

Past Awardees