National Marine Fisheries Service –
Sea Grant Joint Fellowship

Fellowship dates: August 1, 2023 – July 31, 2026

The application for the 2023 NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship is now OPEN

The deadline to apply is: January 25, 2023.


National Marine Fisheries Service – Sea Grant Fellowship (NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship) fellows gain direct experiences 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. 


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 $58,333 jointly funded by NMFS and Sea Grant. 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, 2023.
  • Please refer to the 2023 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.

The best thing about the fellowship for me was how flexible the funding was. I was able to travel as the circumstances of my research required and research South African sea turtles. This diversity of research will be extremely useful and it distinguishes this fellowship from typical doctoral fellowships.

Jim Thorson, fisheries resources analyst at NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center and a 2009–2012 Population Dynamics Fellow