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Applications Open for 2021 NOAA Fisheries/National Sea Grant Fellowships

For immediate release

John Fear:
Katie Mosher,

Original Federal Funding Opportunity:
Fiscal Year 2021 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics: NOAA-OAR-SG-2021-2006728

North Carolina Sea Grant is accepting applications from North Carolina graduate students for the 2021 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries/National Sea Grant College Program fellowships. This opportunity is open to U.S. citizens who are doctoral students in academic institutions in the United States and its territories.

This program provides real-world experience and fosters the careers of graduate students. Each fellow must work with a mentor from NOAA Fisheries who may serve on the fellow’s committee. Applications are due to North Carolina Sea Grant by 5 p.m., Jan. 26, 2021. (Please note that this is a revised deadline. The previously stated deadline of Feb. 17, was incorrect. Sincere apologies for the error.)

Two categories of this joint fellowship are available: population and ecosystem dynamics and marine resource economics. This year, there is a single federal opportunity for both categories, and thus applicants must follow updated instructions to identify their concentration.

Each fellowship offers up to $53,000 per year for up to three years. Cost sharing by the selected student’s institution of higher education is required. Funding is contingent on availability of funds and satisfactory performance by the recipients.

“This joint fellowship not only provides hands-on research experience, but also it fosters a direct connection with NOAA,” notes John Fear, deputy director of North Carolina Sea Grant.

North Carolina Sea Grant strongly encourages proposals from graduate students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Minority Serving Institutions, and/or from traditionally underserved and underrepresented communities, as well as from graduate students who can demonstrate how their work and related outreach will benefit underserved and underrepresented communities.

Current national fisheries fellows include Matthew Damiano, a North Carolina State University doctoral student whose work focuses on dolphinfish.

North Carolina Sea Grant will nominate candidates enrolled in a North Carolina academic institution. Those applicants must file their applications through North Carolina Sea Grant’s eSeaGrant online portal at

Official transcripts should be sent to John Fear, North Carolina Sea Grant Deputy Director, NCSU Box 8605, Raleigh, NC 27695-8605 or

For more information, contact Fear at Because of current remote work schedules, email is best initial contact, and then a phone call can be scheduled. More details about fellowships also are available here.

Information from the National Sea Grant College Program is available here:

A highlights document is available for download at



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