NMFS—Sea Grant Fellowship in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics

Application Deadline: January 27, 2017

Executive Summary
Submission Information
List of required elements for application

Executive Summary

Federal Agency Name(s): Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce

Funding Opportunity Title: Fiscal Year 2017 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowships in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics

Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-OAR-SG-2017-2005039

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number(s): 11.417, Sea Grant Support

Dates: Applications are due to the appropriate State Sea Grant Program . The deadline for application to California Sea Grant is 5 pm Pacific Standard Time, January 27, 2017. The State Sea Grant Program must transmit the application via Grants.gov so that it is received by the National Sea Grant Office (NSGO) by 5:00 pm, Eastern Time February 24, 2017. Facsimile transmission and electronic mail submission of applications will not be accepted.

Funding Opportunity Description: The Fellowship Program expects to award at least three new PhD Fellowships in 2017 to students who are interested in careers related to marine ecosystem and population dynamics, with a focus on modeling and managing systems of living marine resources. The emphasis will be on the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing marine ecosystems, for assessing the status of fish, invertebrate, and other targeted species stocks and for assessing the status of marine mammals, seabirds, and other protected species.

Fellows will work on thesis problems of public interest and relevance to National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) under the guidance of NMFS mentors at participating NMFS Science Centers or Offices.

The NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics meets NOAA's Healthy Oceans goal of "Marine fisheries, habitats, biodiversity sustained with healthy and productive ecosystems". The expected annual award per Fellow will be $46,000 (federal plus matching funds), jointly funded by NOAA Fisheries and Sea Grant.

Submission Information

All applications must come through the sponsoring Sea Grant office.

Application Deadline: January 27, 2017.

Please upload an electronic copy of all application items, with required signatures. The electronic version of your application must be submitted as PDFs using the California Sea Grant submission link:


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Please make sure to include your last name in the file names for each section of the proposal (e.g., Smith_budget.pdf or Smith_cv.pdf).

IMPORTANT: To preserve confidentiality, letters of recommendation should be emailed (sgfellow@ucsd.edu) as attachments or FAXed (858-534-2231) directly to CA Sea Grant. Please note that the letter of commitment from the NMFS mentor does not count towards the three signed letters of recommendation. If the applicants want the proposed NMFS mentor to also provide a letter of recommendation it should be separate from the letter of commitment.


List of required elements for application

Required element Suggested File Name
Signed Title Page*
Please convert to PDF before submission.
Project Summary Form* 2_LastName_Summary.xls
Project Proposal (5-page limit) 3_LastName_Proposal.pdf

Budget and Budget Summary Forms*
Please convert to PDF before submission. We will take data from forms and fill out matching SF-424A

Budget Justification 5_LastName_Justification.pdf
Curriculum Vitae of Applicant 6a_LastName_CV.pdf
Curriculum Vitae of Faculty Advisor 6b_LastName_CV.pdf
Curriculum Vitae of NMFS Mentor 6c_LastName_CV.pdf
Signed Letter of Commitment from NMFS Mentor 7_LastName_CommitLtr.pdf
Copies of all Undergraduate and Graduate Student Transcripts 8_LastName_Transcript.pdf
Summary of academic training in quantitative methods 9_LastName_training.pdf
Education and Career Goals Statement 10_LastName_Goal.pdf
Three Signed Letters of Recommendation 11_ LastName_RecLtrs.pdf
Proof of acceptance and enrollment/ or provisional acceptance letter in a graduate program in population dynamics, ecosystem dynamics or related field of study 12_LastName_AcceptLtr.pdf
Data sharing plan (not to exceed two pages) or statement* that "no environmental data will be generated" 13_DataSharingPlan.pdf