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Samuel J. Lake, Ph.D.
Fellowship & Research Program Coordinator

NMFS-Sea Grant Marine Resource Economics Ph.D. Fellowship

Fellowship Description

The NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)-Sea Grant Fellowship in Marine Resource Economics supports a Ph.D. Graduate Fellowship in Marine Resource Economics. The intent of the Program is to award a limited number of fellowships each year to students who are interested in careers related to the economics of the conservation and management of living marine resources.

The goals of the program are to 1) encourage qualified applicants to pursue careers in marine resource economics; 2) increase available expertise related to the economic analysis of living marine resource conservation and management decisions; 3) foster closer relationships between academic scientists and NMFS; and 4) provide real-world experience to graduate students and accelerate their career development.

The fellowship can provide support for up to three years for highly qualified graduate students working towards a Ph.D. in marine resource economics, natural resource economics, or environmental economics. 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 host an annual summer internship at the participating NMFS facility. Mentors will be from participating NMFS Science Centers or Offices.

Eligibility and Fellowship Information


Prospective Fellows must be United States citizens. At the time of application, prospective Marine Resource Economics Fellows must be admitted to a Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. degree program conditional on obtaining financial support such as this fellowship.

Sea Grant champions diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) by recruiting, retaining and preparing a diverse workforce, and proactively engaging and serving the diverse populations of coastal communities. Sea Grant is committed to building inclusive research, extension, communication and education programs that serve people with unique backgrounds, circumstances, needs, perspectives and ways of thinking. We encourage applicants of all ages, races, ethnicities, national origins, gender identities, sexual orientations, disabilities, cultures, religions, citizenship types, marital statuses, education levels, job classifications, veteran status types, and income, and socioeconomic status types to apply for this opportunity.

Funding Availability

Subject to the availability of funding, the fellowship program expects to award one new Ph.D. fellowship each year to a student who is interested in a career related to marine resource economics.

The award for each fellowship will be a multi-year cooperative agreement in an amount not to exceed $40,000 in Federal funds per year. Matching funds of at least 20% of the total Federal request are required, as described in the FFO. Continued support after the first year will be contingent upon the availability of Federal funds and satisfactory performance by the grantee.

Timeline for Fellowship Competition

  • Federal Funding Opportunity released - November 2019
  • Application Deadline due to VASG - January 30, 2020
  • VASG assembles and submits applications - February 2020
  • Announcement of finalists - Summer 2020
  • Fellowship begins - August 2020

  • How to Apply

    For full details on the application requirements, evaluation criteria, and review and selection process, please download the 2020 NMFS-Sea Grant Marine Resource Economics Ph.D. Fellowship FFO. For additional information on how to submit your application to VASG, please refer to the eSeaGrant Instructions. All of the above documents can be found in the sidebar of this page under Related Documents.

    Intent to Apply

    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.

    All eligible applicants, enrolled at a Virginia institution, who are planning to apply, are strongly encouraged to contact VASG’s Fellowship and Research Program Coordinator, Sam Lake to indicate their interest in the fellowship, and discuss the application process.

    Application Submission & eSeaGrant

    Applications must be submitted online via eSeaGrant. If you plan to apply, we recommend registering for eSeaGrant at least two weeks in advance of the deadline. As outlined in the FFO, VASG cannot accept late applications. Please allow ample time to submit your application.

    Recommendation Letters

    To maintain confidentiality, letters should be requested and uploaded through eSeaGrant. Letters must be submitted by the deadline.