NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship Program

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Applications due January 30, 2020 at 5 pm.

See lists of current and past graduate fellows supported by Maryland Sea Grant.

In 1999, NOAA National Sea Grant Office and NOAA Fisheries established a graduate fellowship program in two specialized areas.

  • Population and Ecosystem Dynamics: For Ph.D. students interested in the population and ecosystem dynamics of living marine resources and the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing their status. Up to three years of funding.
  • Marine Resource Economics: For Ph.D. students interested in marine resource economics, concentrating on the conservation and management of living marine resources. Up to three years of funding.

At least two fellowships of each type are awarded nationally each year. Start date for both fellowships is August 1.

The main goals of the program are to:

  • Encourage qualified applicants to pursue careers in either population dynamics and stock assessment or in marine resource economics.
  • Increase available expertise related to these disciplines.
  • Foster closer relationships between academic scientists and NOAA Fisheries.
  • Provide real-world experience to graduate students and accelerate their career development.

To help achieve these goals, each fellow will be required to work closely with a mentor from NOAA Fisheries who will serve on the fellow’s graduate 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.


Population and ecosystem dynamics and economics fellowships are available to Ph.D. students currently enrolled in a U.S. university or college. Students must be U.S. citizens. Foreign Nationals are not eligible. See Federal Funding Opportunity for additional details.

Length of Fellowship

Ph.D. candidates interested in the population and ecosystem dynamics of living marine resources and the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing their status can receive up to three years of funding. Ph.D. students in marine resource economics, concentrating on the conservation and management of living marine resources, can receive two years of funding.


The award for each fellowship, contingent upon the availability of federal funds, will be a cooperative agreement of no more than $48,000 per year (up to $40,000 in federal funds plus 20% ($8,000) matching funds). The award covers salary (stipend), living expenses (per diem), tuition, and travel necessary to carry out the proposed thesis research and to attend the annual fellows meeting.

How to Apply

Please read carefully as the process has changed.

Applications for fellowships are due via the Maryland Sea Grant's eSeaGrant proposal portal on January 30, 2020 at 5 pm. 

Step 1: You must contact Maryland Sea Grant well in advance of the fellowship deadline to gain access to the eSeaGrant portal for submission. Once notified, we will allow you to register your account and prepare your application. Visit https://eseagrant.mdsg.umd.edu, click "Add Fellowship Application" under the appropriate fellowship request for proposals call to navigate the system and create your fellowship proposal. The PI who registers should be the faculty advisor. The student should be a Co-PI, added as a 'delegate' to the proposal in eSeaGrant. Both advisor and student must have accounts in eSeaGrant.

Step 2: You must upload all pieces of your application to the eSeaGrant proposal portal. All applications must adhere to the Federal Funding Opportunity guidelines, which include:

A. Project proposal narrative (Single file upload)

  1. Signed title page
  2. Project Proposal (five pages plus references and figures)
  3. Curriculum vitae of student, faculty advisor, and NOAA NMFS mentor (two page max each)
  4. Letter of commitment from NOAA NMFS supporting mentor
  5. Clear, scanned copies of undergraduate and graduate student transcripts
  6. Summary of academic training in quantitative methods (five sentence summary plus class list)
  7. Education and career goals statement from student (two page max)
  8. Proof of acceptance and enrollment in relevant graduate program
  9. Abbreviated Environmental Questionnaire 
  10. Data sharing plan (two page max)

B. Three letters of recommendation, including one from faculty advisor (These can be included in the project proposal narrative upload OR submitted separately through the eSG request portal)

C. Budget narrative (complete eSeaGrant budget worksheets to generate appropriate forms, including justification). Note that indirect costs are not allowed. Please contact us early to receive guidance.

D. 90-2 Summary Form in eSeaGrant

eSeaGrant notes: Log in (or register) and click "Add Fellowship Proposal" button to begin the process. A form for each required proposal element is listed along the left side of the screen. Upload all documents as PDFs unless otherwise noted in the FFO. Use the integrated Budget module to create 90-4 documents and justifications. Your budget justifications must be specific to each year's request. If you wish to supply a separate PDF of your annual budget justification, please contact us.

We will then assemble the components for submission by our sponsored programs office through Grants.gov.

Please see the Announcement of Federal Funding Opportunity for more details on the format and content for the application:

Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Federal Funding Opportunity: NOAA-OAR-SG-2020-2006263

Marine Resource Economics Federal Funding Opportunity: NOAA-OAR-SG-2020-2006261​

Maryland Sea Grant Contact

Dr. Michael Allen, Associate Director for Research and Administration
Maryland Sea Grant College
5825 University Research Ct, Suite 1350
College Park, Maryland 20740
phone (301) 405-7500

For More Information 

For more details about the fellowships, visit the NOAA Fisheries/Sea Grant Fellowship website.

See the NOAA Fisheries/Sea Grant Fellowship Flyer.

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