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NOAA/Sea Grant Marine Fisheries Graduate Fellowship Applications Due Jan. 25


Sara Mirabilio, 252/475-5488,

Posted Thursday, December 6, 2012

Original Federal Opportunity Number:
Population Dynamics Fellowship, NOAA-OAR-SG-2013-2003529
Marine Resource Economics Fellowship, NOAA-OAR-SG-2013-2003524

North Carolina Sea Grant and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are accepting applications for 2013 support of graduate students working toward a doctorate degree in marine fisheries research.

Two categories of NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)-National Sea Grant Joint Graduate Fellowships are available, each offering $38,500 annual stipends. Funding begins June 1, 2013.

Population Dynamics: Prospective fellows must be admitted to a doctoral program in population dynamics or a related field — such as applied mathematics, statistics or quantitative ecology — at time of application. Funding is for up to three years. The NMFS will award at least two fellowships nationally.

Marine Resource Economics: Prospective fellows must be admitted to a doctoral program in natural resource economics or a related field at time of application. Funding is for up to two years. The NMFS generally selects two fellows nationally.

North Carolina Sea Grant will nominate candidates enrolled in a North Carolina academic institution. Students must be U.S. citizens. The selected fellows will work on problems of public interest and relevance to the NMFS under the guidance of NMFS mentors and will participate in summer internships at corresponding NMFS science centers or laboratories. Population dynamics fellows will be expected to spend 10 to 20 days at sea per year.

Applications are due Jan. 25, 2013. Students should follow the application instructions in Section IV of the original federal announcements, but the application must be submitted to North Carolina Sea Grant. A complete application should include:

  • Signed title page
  • Project summary, five-page limit (using Sea Grant Project Summary Form 90-2 in Word, Rich Text or PDF formats)
  • Budget and budget justification (using Sea Grant Budget Form 90-4 in Word, Rich Text, or PDF formats)
  • Curriculum vitae of the student, faculty advisor and NMFS mentor (two-page limit per person)
  • Signed letter of commitment from the prospective NMFS mentor
  • Copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • Education and career goal statement (two-page limit)
  • Three signed letters of recommendation, including one from the student's faculty advisor
  • Proof of acceptance or provisional acceptance and enrollment in a graduate program in related field of study

Sea Grant forms can be downloaded from:

Established in 1999, the graduate fellowship program provides real-world experiences, and fosters the careers of graduate students interested in the development and implementation of quantitative methods for conserving and managing marine fisheries.

Meagan Dunphy-Daly from Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment started her three-year stint as a Population Dynamics Fellow in June. The fellowship has enabled her to assess fishing effort as a function of distance from an MPA in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

"Being able to work with scientists who are familiar with the data that I am analyzing is invaluable," she says. For more about her, read "NC Doctoral Student is NOAA Fisheries Fellow."

General questions about the fellowship program should be directed to Sara Mirabilio at 252/475-5488, or

Email your application as a single PDF to Or mail a compact disc of the completed application file to: Mary Beth Barrow, North Carolina Sea Grant, NC State University, Box 8605, Raleigh NC 27695-8605. Application questions should be directed to Mary Beth Barrow, 919/515-9103.

To learn more about other North Carolina Sea Grant graduate fellowships, visit and click on Fellowships listed under "Research."


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