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November 17, 2017 | Marisa Incremona



John Fear, 919-515-9104,

Original Federal Funding Opportunity Numbers:

Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellowship: NOAA-OAR-SG-2018-2005442

Marine Resource Economics Fellowship: NOAA-OAR-SG-2018-2005450

Anna Birkenbach, a 2016 NOAA Fisheries fellow in marine resource economics, recently published an article concerning her research on the National Sea Grant website. Photo by Anna Birkenbach.

North Carolina Sea Grant is accepting applications from North Carolina graduate students for the 2018 National Sea Grant College Program/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries fellowships. This opportunity is open to U.S. citizens who are doctoral students in academic institutions in the United States and its territories.

Applications are due to North Carolina Sea Grant by 5 p.m., Jan. 26, 2018.

This program provides real-world experience and fosters the careers of graduate students interested in population and ecosystem dynamics and stock assessment, or in marine resource economics. Each fellow must work with a mentor from NOAA Fisheries who may serve on the fellow’s committee.

Two categories of this joint fellowship are available: population and ecosystem dynamics and marine resource economics. Each offers up to $38,333 in federal funds. Cost sharing of at least 20 percent by the selected student’s institution of higher education is required. Funding begins Aug. 1, 2018, contingent on availability of funds and satisfactory performance by the recipients.

Prospective population and ecosystem dynamics fellows must be admitted to a doctoral program in population dynamics or a related field at the time of application. Funding is for up to three years. NOAA Fisheries expects to select eight new population dynamics fellows in 2018.

“This joint fellowship allows students hands-on research experience that will support their current projects, and their future careers in the field,” shares John Fear, deputy director of NC Sea Grant.

Applicants for the marine resource economics fellowship must be admitted to a doctoral program in natural resource economics or a related field at the time of application. Funding is for up to two years, for up to two fellows nationwide.

Anna Birkenbach from Duke University is a recipient of the 2016 marine resource economics fellowship. She is evaluating how the management of catch shares, or quotas, affects fishing season lengths and ex-vessel prices in U.S. fisheries. Check out her story from earlier this year on the National Sea Grant website.

North Carolina Sea Grant will nominate candidates enrolled in a North Carolina academic institution. For the federal application requirements, go to and search the database using the fellowship’s award number.

North Carolina applicants must file their applications through North Carolina Sea Grant’s eSeaGrant online portal at

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

For more information, contact Fear at 919-515-9104 or More details about fellowships also are available here.


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