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Florida Sea Grant is pleased to announce a new scholarship opportunity for students at Florida colleges and universities, with the first ten awards to be made in 2018. The intent of this scholarship is to provide undergraduate and graduate students with financial support up to $1,000 each to attend a professional conference where they present their research results in either an oral (preferred) or poster session. This also provides an opportunity for the selected students to interact with peers and colleagues in their field in a manner that will help advance their professional careers and build collaborations.

We will consider proposals from students whose research falls under any of our 2018-21 focus areas: healthy coastal environments; sustainable fisheries and aquaculture; and resilient communities and economies. Students who receive the scholarship and attend a conference are required to submit a copy of their program abstract prior to receiving the travel support. Travel arrangements will be made directly by the Florida Sea Grant administrative office.

This competition is open to students enrolled full-time at a Florida university and working towards a bachelors, masters, PhD or JD degree, and who will still be enrolled at the time of travel under this scholarship program. We anticipate selecting finalists no later than March 2018 and making the award funds available immediately.

The following are required elements of the application package.

  1. A one-page resume
  2. A description of the presentation that you intend to give; an explanation of why you consider this conference participation to be a substantive contribution to your professional career; and a justification for the need of funding. This all must go on one page.
  3. A signed letter from the student’s faculty advisor on university letterhead that says ‘[student name] is applying for the 2018 Florida Sea Grant Newell Scholarship. I hereby affirm that this student is enrolled full-time and is in good standing, and that I am [her/his] faculty advisor during the scholarship period. I will ensure that the award funds are accepted by the university and used for the intended purpose to support the student’s travel.’
  4. An estimate of the cost of travel. We do not require a detailed budget, but please attempt to give this careful consideration, because if it costs several students less than $1,000, we could potentially give out more than 10 travel scholarships.
  5. For University of Florida applicants, submit the proposal as an internal submission to Florida Sea Grant AND ALSO have your faculty advisory upload the materials in to the UFIRST system, designating Ed Harvey as the editor of the proposal in that system.


  • This is a student scholarship and no indirect costs are allowed.
  • No match is required.

A committee of faculty from four Florida universities will review all of the applications and select the finalists.

Submit your application materials to Melissa Macarages ( by 4 PM on January 25th, 2018.