Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Economics Fellowships

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Application period for 2017 has closed.

See lists of current and past graduate fellows supported by Maryland Sea Grant.

In 1999 NOAA National Sea Grant Office and NOAA Fisheries established a graduate fellowship program in two specialized areas.

  • Population and Ecosystem Dynamics: For Ph.D. students interested in the population and ecosystem dynamics of living marine resources and the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing their status. Up to three years of funding.
  • Marine Resource Economics: For Ph.D. students interested in marine resource economics, concentrating on the conservation and management of living marine resources. Up to two years of funding.

At least two fellowships of each type are awarded nationally each year. Start date for both fellowships is August 1.

The main goals of the program are to:

  • Encourage qualified applicants to pursue careers in either population dynamics and stock assessment or in marine resource economics.
  • Increase available expertise related to these disciplines.
  • Foster closer relationships between academic scientists and NOAA Fisheries.
  • Provide real-world experience to graduate students and accelerate their career development.

To help achieve these goals, each fellow will be required to work closely with a mentor from NOAA Fisheries who will serve on the fellow’s graduate committee. The mentor may also provide access to research data sources and to working/laboratory space in a NOAA Fisheries research facility and/or research vessel, if appropriate.


Population dynamics and economics fellowships are available to Ph.D. students currently enrolled in a U.S. university or college. Students must be U.S. citizens. See Federal Funding Opportunity for additional details.


The award for each fellowship, contingent upon the availability of federal funds, will be a cooperative agreement of no more than $46,000 per year (up to $38,333 in federal funds plus 20% matching funds). The award covers salary (stipend), living expenses (per diem), tuition, and travel necessary to carry out the proposed thesis research and to attend the annual fellows meeting.

How to Apply

Applications for fellowships are due in the Maryland Sea Grant office on January 27, 2017. 

All applications must adhere to the Federal Funding Opportunity guidelines, which include:

  1. Signed title page
  2. Project summary (90-2 short form)
  3. Project proposal (five pages plus references and figures)
  4. Budget and budget justification (use online worksheets)
  5. Curriculum vitae of student, faculty advisor, and NOAA NMFS mentor (two page max)
  6. Letter of commitment from NOAA NMFS supporting mentor
  7. Official copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  8. Summary of academic training in quantitative methods (five sentence summary plus class list)
  9. Education and career goals statement from applicant (two page max)
  10. Three letters of recommendation, including one from faculty advisor 
  11. Proof of acceptance and enrollment in relevant graduate program
  12. Data sharing plan (two page max)

For your budget and budget justification, you must use the MDSG online project worksheets to create the budget (90-4) and budget justification forms. Note that indirect costs are not allowed. Please contact us early to request an account and receive guidance.

Compile all components of your application as a single PDF plus the separate 90-2 excel form and email the materials to Dr. Michael Allen, Associate Director for Research and Administration, at Recommendation letters (signed and on letterhead) may be sent directly to Dr. Allen from the recommender via email or postal mail. We will then assemble the components for submission by our sponsored programs office through

Please see the Announcement of Federal Funding Opportunity for more details on the format and content for the application:

Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Federal Funding Opportunity: NOAA-OAR-SG-2017-2005039

Marine Resource Economics Federal Funding Opportunity: NOAA-OAR-SG-2017-2005041

Annual Meeting

See the agenda of the latest annual meeting for these fellowships.

Maryland Sea Grant Contact

Dr. Michael Allen, Associate Director for Research and Administration
Maryland Sea Grant College
4321 Hartwick Road, Suite 300
College Park, Maryland 20740
phone (301) 405-7500

For More Information 

For more details about the fellowships, visit the NOAA Fisheries/Sea Grant Fellowship website.

See the NOAA Fisheries/Sea Grant Fellowship Flyer.

Photograph, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration