2022 NMFS-Sea Grant fellowship

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.

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.

Quick Overview

Application Opens
Fall 2021
Application Closes
January 27, 2022, 5 p.m. ET
Fellowship Begins
August 1, 2022

Meet 2020 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellow

Fellowship Information

Eligibility Information

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.

The fellowship can provide support for up to three years for highly qualified graduate students working towards a Ph.D. 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.

Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Federal Funding Opportunity

The NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship Program in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics 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 Federal Funding Opportunity

The NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship Program in Marine Resource Economics 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.

Application Process

  1. Applicants are encouraged to reach out to Florida Sea Grant at students@flseagrant.org at least one to two months before the application deadline (January 27, 2022) to notify us that you intend to apply.
  2. Read the applicant resource documents to help you prepare your application: 2022 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship Student Guide and Student Applicant Guide to Sea Grant Fellowships.
  3. Begin working on your application materials including your title page, project proposal, CV, transcripts, education and career goal statement, academic training, compliance questionnaire, data management plan, and identifying individuals to write letters of recommendation.
  4. Create an account on eSeaGrant (eflseagrant.ifas.ufl.edu) to begin uploading your materials.

Awards and Expenses

The award for each Fellowship, contingent upon the availability of federal funds, will be in the form of a grant or cooperative agreement of up to $54,166 in federal funding plus at least 20% matching funding per year. This fellowship can provide support for up to three years. The award provided to each Fellow is for stipend, tuition, fees, equipment, supplies, and travel necessary to carry out the proposed research and to attend the annual Fellows meeting (at rotating locations).



Connecting with NOAA Fisheries Science Centers

To help achieve the goals of the fellowship, each Fellow will be required to work closely with an expert (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. Browse staff lists and recent publications for the Southeast Fisheries Science Center to consider potential mentors.