Monday, September 22, 2014

Background

In 1999, NOAA National Sea Grant Office and NOAA Fisheries established a Graduate 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. 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 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.

To help achieve these goals, 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.

The award for each Fellowship, contingent upon the availability of Federal funds, will be in the form of a grant or cooperative agreement of $38,500 per year. You must be a currently enrolled Ph.D. student in a U.S. university or college to apply. 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).

For more information applicants should contact their local Sea Grant program or the Acting NOAA Fisheries/Sea Grant Program Manager, Laura Oremland (laura.oremland@noaa.gov).

Fisheries / Sea Grant Fellowship Flyer (pdf)

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