National Marine Fisheries Service –
Sea Grant Joint Fellowship

Fellowship dates: August 1, 2024 – July 31, 2027

The application for the 2024 NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship is now CLOSED


NMFS-Sea Grant Fellows in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics gain direct experience working closely with NOAA experts on thesis issues of public interest and relevance to NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service. The Washington facilities include the Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Northwest Fisheries Science Center, and National Marine Mammal Laboratory. The program also fosters ties between NOAA and academic scientists at non-government research institutions. 

Population and Ecosystem Dynamics: Sea Grant anticipates funding at least four new Ph.D. fellowships in 2024 to students who are interested in careers related to marine ecosystem and population dynamics. The emphasis will be on the research and development of quantitative methods for assessing the status of marine ecosystems; managed fish, invertebrates, and other targeted species; and marine mammals, seabirds, and other protected species.

Marine Resource Economics: Sea Grant anticipates funding at least one new Ph.D. fellowship in 2024 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.


The NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowships are available to US citizens who are graduate students enrolled in PhD degree programs in academic institutions in the United States and its territories. Only U.S. citizens are eligible to apply.

Award and Length of Fellowship

The expected annual award per fellow will be up to $62,500 jointly funded by NMFS and Sea Grant (plus at least 20% matching ($12,500) funding per year) These fellowships can provide support for up to three years.

How to Apply

  • Applications must be submitted to Washington Sea Grant through the eSeaGrant submission portal by 5:00 p.m. on Jan. 25, 2024.
  • Please refer to the NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship Student Guide for detailed information on how to prepare application materials and evaluation criteria.
  • Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Deborah Purce, Fellowships and Research Specialist for Washington Sea Grant, at to discuss application content and submission.

This fellowship enabled me to work closely with NOAA mentors on a project directly aligned with agency priorities, and led to my current federal position. I appreciated that there was funding set aside for international and domestic conferences as well as computing power. 

Maia Sosa Kapur, Stock Assessment Scientist at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Seattle and a 2019-2021 NMFS Sea Grant Population Dynamics Fellow