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Sam Lake Fellowship & Research Program Coordinator

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

Fellowship Description

The NOAA Fisheries (NMFS)-Sea Grant Fellowship Program in Marine Resource Economics supports Ph.D. students who are interested in careers related to the economics of the conservation and management of living marine resources.

The overall 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 Fellowships will provide support for up to two 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. Fellows may work, as necessary, at the participating NMFS facility during some or all of the academic year at the mutual discretion of mentor, faculty adviser, and Fellow.

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. Applications must come from Sea Grant programs and must be submitted through

Funding Availability

The Graduate Fellowship Program expects to award two new Ph.D. Fellowships each year to students who are interested in careers related to marine resource economics.

The award for each Fellowship, contingent upon the availability of Federal funds, will be a multi-year cooperative agreement in an amount not to exceed $38,333 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 Fellow.

Timeline for Fellowship Competition

  • Federal Funding Opportunity released- Anticipated November 2018
  • Application Deadline due to VASG - January 30, 2019
  • VASG assembles and submits applications - February 27, 2019
  • Announcement of finalists - Anticipated late summer 2019
  • Fellowship begins - August 1, 2019

    • How to Apply

      For full details on the application requirements, evaluation criteria, and review and selection process, please download the 2019 NMFS-Sea Grant Marine Resource Economics Ph.D. Fellowship FFO. For additional information on the how to submit your application to VASG, please refer to the eSeaGrant Instructions, available on this page. All of the above documents can be found in the sidebar of this page under Related Documents.

      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.


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