Gulf Research Program -- Early Career Research Fellowships

Funding Agency:
National Academies

The Gulf Research Program’s Early-Career Research Fellowship supports emerging scientific leaders as they take risks on research ideas not yet tested, pursue unique collaborations, and build a network of colleagues who share their interest in improving offshore energy system safety and the well-being of coastal communities and ecosystems. 

Because the early years of a researcher’s career are a critical time, the relatively unrestricted funds and mentoring this fellowship provides help recipients navigate this period with independence, flexibility, and a built-in support network. 

Human Health and Community Resilience Track Deadline: January 11, 2023

Environmental Protection and Stewardship Track Deadline: May 3, 2023

Offshore Energy Safety Track Deadline: Aug. 23, 2023

Education Track Deadline: Aug. 23, 2023


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Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must, at the time of application:

  • Hold a fully independent position as an investigator, faculty member, clinician scientist, or scientific team lead in industry or academia. Applicants must not receive tenure before September 1, 2019 if in a tenure track position. A postdoc is not considered a fully independent position.
  • Be early-career scientists who have received their eligible degree within the past 10 years (on or after September 1, 2009).
  • Hold an eligible degree (PhD, ScD, EngD, MD, DrPH, or DVM) in the social and behavioral sciences, health sciences and medicine, engineering and physical sciences, earth and life sciences, or interdisciplinary scientific fields relevant to a Gulf Research Program initiative.
  • Be affiliated with a non-federal U.S. institution that has a valid tax ID number.
  • Not be currently employed by the U.S. federal government. Full-time, paid, permanent federal employees are not eligible for the fellowship.
  • Have applied to the Early-Career Research Fellowship fewer than two times.



Amount Description

An award of $76,000 is paid to each fellow’s institution in the form of a two-year grant. Potential fellows must ensure compliance with their institution’s requirements for applications for external funding. Funds cannot be used on institutional overhead or indirect charges.

Funding Type



Junior Faculty


Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Social Sciences

External Deadline

August 23, 2023