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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.

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Students are encouraged to contact Florida Sea Grant Director Sherry Larkin at least one month prior to the state application deadline to receive application support and provide notification of intent to apply.

Application Requirements

  1. Application packages must include all elements required by the National Sea Grant Office.
  2. All submissions must have institutional approval prior to submission to Florida Sea Grant.
  3. Application packages are available online and can be downloaded from the official NOAA website (population and ecosystem dynamics, marine resource economics).

Important Dates

Open for ApplicationNovember 18, 2020
Close Application at Florida Sea GrantJanuary 26, 2021, 5 pm EST
Application Packets are Submitted to the National Sea Grant OfficeFebruary 17, 2021
FSG Office is Notified About Finalists from the National CompetitionJune, 2021
Finalists are Notified About National Competition’s ResultsJune-July, 2021

General Information

The NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowships are available to U.S. citizens who are graduate students enrolled in Ph.D. degree programs in academic institutions in the United States and its territories. Only U.S. citizens are eligible to apply. Foreign Nationals are not eligible.

These fellowships can provide support for highly qualified graduate students working towards a Ph.D. in quantitative ecology, ecosystem ecology, population dynamics or related fields of study such as wildlife biology, fishery biology, natural resource management, marine biology, quantitative ecology, applied mathematics, applied statistics, simulation modeling, marine resource economics, natural resource economics, or environmental economics.

Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Federal Funding Opportunity 
The NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship Program in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics expects to award at least four new Ph.D. Fellowships in 2021 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 expects to award at least one new Ph.D. Fellowship in 2021 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.

Award 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 $63,000 per year ($53,000 in federal dollars and $10,600 in matching dollars). The award provided to each Fellow is for salary (stipend), living expenses, tuition, and travel necessary to carry out the proposed research and to attend the annual Fellows meeting (at rotating locations).

Application Procedure

  1. Students must submit applications to the Florida Sea Grant Program. Students or sponsor programs must not submit information directly to
  2. All required elements by the National Sea Grant Office should be submitted at the link provided in the submission section below.


  • Your application will not be considered unless institutional approval is included (cover letter signed by sponsor programs).
  • All application materials should be uploaded in the submission section below.
  • Applicants in states or territories without a Sea Grant program must submit their applications to the Sea Grant program to which they were referred to by the NMFS Fellowship Program Manager, who can be reached at or (240) 507-3712.
  • Deadline: All application packages must be submitted by January 26, 2021, at 5 pm EST.

Submit Your Application Here

All items must be submitted through the links below:

Population and Ecosystem Dynamics

Marine Resource Economics

Student Application
Student Application

Connecting with Sea Grant programs and 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. Staff lists and recent publications for each of the NOAA Fisheries Science Centers are listed on each Center’s website, check the links below. Applicants in the Great Lakes region or in an area without a NOAA Fisheries Science Center may contact a potential mentor whose research aligns with their own.

Southeast Fisheries Science Center (Florida)
NOAA Fisheries Science Centers (read through the “Applying to the Fellowship” section)