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Applications due January 26, 2021 at 5 pm.
In 1999, NOAA National Sea Grant Office and NOAA Fisheries established a graduate fellowship program in two specialized areas.
At least four PED and one MRE fellowships are expected to be awarded. Start date for both fellowships is August 1 and the fellowship lasts for up to three years.
The main goals of the program are to:
To help achieve these goals, each fellow will be required to work closely with an expert (mentor) from NMFS who may provide data for the fellow's thesis, serve on the fellow's committee, and/or host an annual summer internship at the participating NMFS facility. Mentors will be from participating NMFS Science Centers or offices.
Population and ecosystem dynamics and economics fellowships are available to admitted Ph.D. students 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.
The award for each fellowship, contingent upon the availability of federal funds, will be a cooperative agreement of no more than $63,600 per year (up to $53,000 in federal funds plus 20% ($10,300) matching funds). The award may cover stipend (salary), tuition, fees, equipment, supplies, and travel necessary to carry out the proposed thesis research and to attend the annual fellows meeting.
Please read carefully as the process has changed.
Applications for fellowships are due via the Maryland Sea Grant's eSeaGrant proposal portal on January 26, 2021 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)
B. At least two letters of recommendation, including one from faculty advisor and one from the NMFS mentor (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.
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 NOFO. 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:
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 details about the fellowships, visit the NOAA Fisheries/Sea Grant Fellowship website.
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