NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowships in Marine Resource Economics

Funding Agency:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The National Sea Grant College Program (Sea Grant) was enacted by U.S. Congress in 1966 (amended in 2008, Public Law 110-394) to support federal and state partnerships that harness the intellectual capacity of the nation’s universities and research institutions to solve problems and generate opportunities in coastal communities.

This notice announces that applications may be submitted for the 2020 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship in Marine Resource Economics. Sea Grant anticipates funding one new Ph.D. Fellowship in 2020 to students who are interested in careers related to the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing the economics of the conservation and management of living marine resources. 

Fellows will work on thesis problems of public interest and relevance to National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) under the guidance of NMFS mentors at participating NMFS Science Centers or Offices. The NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship in Marine Resource Economics meets NOAA's Healthy Oceans goal of "Marine fisheries, habitats, biodiversity sustained with healthy and productive ecosystems."

The expected annual award per Fellow will be $48,000 (total of federal plus matching funds), jointly funded by NMFS and Sea Grant. These Fellowships can provide support for up to three years.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to reach out to the Sea Grant Program in their state/territory at least one to two months prior to the state application deadline to receive application support and provide notification of intent to apply. 

 Eligible applicants must submit application materials by 5:00 PM, local time on January 30, 2020 to eligible Sea Grant Programs​.

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Eligibility Requirements

The following entities are eligible to submit to this opportunity: Prospective Fellows must be United States citizens. At the time of application, prospective Marine Resource Economics Fellows must be admitted to a PhD degree program in resource or environmental economics at an institution of higher education in the United States or its territories, or submit a signed letter from the institution indicating provisional acceptance to a PhD degree program conditional on obtaining financial support such as this Fellowship. Applications must come from Sea Grant programs and must be submitted through www.Grants.gov. Applicants enrolled towards a degree in a graduate program in a state or territory served by a Sea Grant Program must submit to that program. Applicants in states or territories without a Sea Grant program must submit their applications to the Sea Grant program to which they were referred to by the NMFS Fellowship Program Manager as listed in section VII.



Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students


Environmental & Life Sciences
Social Sciences

External Deadline

January 30, 2020