North Carolina Sea Grant

November 29, 2018 | Marisa Incremona


Contact: John Fear, 919-515-9104,

Original Federal Funding Opportunity Numbers:

Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellowship: NOAA-OAR-SG-2019-2005907

Marine Resource Economics Fellowship: NOAA-OAR-SG-2019-2005909 

North Carolina Sea Grant is accepting applications from North Carolina graduate students for the 2019 National Marine Fisheries Service/National Sea Grant College Program fellowships in population and ecosystem dynamics and marine resource economics.

Applications are due to North Carolina Sea Grant by 5 p.m. Feb. 28, 2019. This is an extension of the original Jan. 30 deadline.

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 interested in population and ecosystem dynamics and stock assessment, or in marine resource economics. Each fellow must work with a NOAA Fisheries mentor, 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 is contingent on availability of funds and satisfactory performance by the recipients.

“This fellowship allows students to pursue their research in the field while also providing professional development opportunities that will benefit their future careers,” says John Fear, deputy director of North Carolina Sea Grant. “Several of our state’s nominees have been awarded this fellowship over the years and have found the experience extremely valuable.”

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 three new population dynamics fellows in 2019.

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 three years, for one fellow nationwide.

Anna Birkenbach from Duke University received the 2016-2018 marine resource economics fellowship. She evaluated how the management of quotas affects fishing season lengths and ex-vessel prices in U.S. fisheries. Read her story here.

North Carolina applicants must file their applications through North Carolina Sea Grant’s eSeaGrant online portal at North Carolina Sea Grant will forward candidates enrolled in a North Carolina academic institution to the national competition.

For the federal application requirements, go to and search the database using the fellowship’s award number.

Official transcripts should be sent to Debra Lynch, 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

This news release was updated on Feb. 1, 2019, to reflect a new deadline. 


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