NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowships Now Accepting Applications for 2023

Federal Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-OAR-SG-2023-2007709

Florida Sea Grant is now accepting applications for the 2023 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship Program from Florida Ph.D. students interested in population and ecosystem dynamics or marine resource and environmental economics. Applications are due to Florida Sea Grant by 5:00p.m. EST, on Jan. 25, 2023.

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship Program in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics places Ph.D. students in research-based fellowships that provide support for up to three years.

This joint fellowship program offers two specialized areas:

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.

During their fellowship, fellows are guided by at least two mentors, one from the fellow’s university and one from NOAA Fisheries. Fellows are also required to participate in a yearly research symposium.

Florida applicants are encouraged to contact Florida Sea Grant or browse Southeast Fisheries Science Center’s staff and publications to identify and connect with a potential NOAA Fisheries faculty mentor whose research aligns with their own.

Since the program began in 1999, 10 graduate students from Florida have been placed in NMFS-Sea Grant fellowships, most recently, one population and ecosystem dynamics fellow in 2020 and 2022.

Alumni of the NMFS-Sea Grant fellowship typically hold future positions in NOAA Fisheries, other agencies, academics and fishery management councils.

In addition to providing generous funding for your graduate studies and research, the fellowship allows you to work with top economists and scientists working on marine resource issues. For those students looking to work in fisheries, the NMFS-Sea Grant fellowship provides a unique opportunity to work with NMFS on important issues while still in graduate school and develop professional relationships that will carry into your career.

Fellowships offer funding for up to three years, and cost sharing by the fellow’s institution of higher education is required. Funding is contingent on availability of funds and satisfactory performance by the recipients.

Eligible applicants are any graduate student that: 1) is of U.S. citizenship, and 2) is enrolled in or provisionally accepted to Ph.D. degree programs in academic institutions in the United States and 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.

Sea Grant champions diversity, equity, and inclusion, working to create a marine science workforce that reflects the communities the program serves. We are recruiting, retaining, and preparing a diverse workforce, and proactively engaging and serving the diverse populations of coastal communities.

Sea Grant is committed to building inclusive research, extension, communication and education programs that serve people with unique backgrounds, circumstances, needs, perspectives and ways of thinking. We encourage applicants of all ages, races, ethnicities, national origins, gender identities, sexual orientations, disabilities, cultures, religions, marital statuses, education levels, job classifications, veteran status types, and income, and socioeconomic status types to apply for this opportunity.

All prospective fellows from Florida must submit their applications through Florida Sea Grant’s eSeaGrant portal at eflseagrant.ifas.ufl.edu. Consult the 2023 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship Student Guide and the Student Applicant Guide to Sea Grant Fellowships for a complete list of requirements as well as tips and best practices for a successful submission of a NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship application.

Applicants are encouraged to reach out to Florida Sea Grant at fsg-students@ifas.ufl.edu at least one month before the application deadline to provide notification of intent to apply.

For questions, contact Florida Sea Grant Student Programs Coordinator Cassandra Sexson at fsg-students@ifas.ufl.edu.

Additional information is available at the National Sea Grant fellowship website at seagrant.noaa.gov/NMFS-SG-Fellowship.

To learn more about other Florida Sea Grant graduate fellowships, visit flseagrant.org/student-opportunities.

About Florida Sea Grant

Hosted at the University of Florida (UF), the Florida Sea Grant College Program supports research, education and Extension to enhance coastal resources and economic opportunities through a partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the State University System of Florida, and UF/IFAS Extension in counties statewide. flseagrant.org | @FloridaSeaGrant

Media Contacts

Cassie Sexson, Student Programs Coordinator, fsg-students@ifas.ufl.edu
Dr. Sherry Larkin, Director, slarkin@ufl.edu