Pacific Islands Ocean Acidification Masters Student Fellowship

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All of California
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Eligible applicants include individuals who are currently enrolled in, or who have applied and intend to enroll in, a research-based Master’s degree program in oceanography, marine science, environmental science, ocean engineering, resource management, coastal community social science, or a related field at an institution of higher education. Top priority will be given to applicants who are citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the following countries: Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Vietnam. Preference will also be given to applicants who conduct research in the aforementioned countries, or other non-US countries and territories in the Pacific Islands region. An eligible applicant must apply through the university or other institution of higher learning where the applicant is obtaining their Masters degree. While the applicant’s university or other institution of higher learning must submit the full proposal application to, the individual applicant is allowed to directly submit the Letter of Intent to the Program Manager. For more information, please see Sections IV. B. and IV. D.
Erica Ombres 301.734.1072

The NOAA Ocean Acidification Program (OAP) is supporting a competitive graduate fellowship that will support students conducting research, in pursuit of a Masters degree, related to ocean acidification (OA) in the Pacific Islands region to help fill a critical gap in capacity for OA research and monitoring in the region. OAP is seeking to fund students who would contribute to the body of knowledge on regional vulnerabilities to OA and potential solutions to build greater resilience against the impacts of OA. Successful applicants will conduct research that addresses physical/chemical oceanographic, biological, and/or socioeconomic questions and concepts. This funding call is part of a broader initiative, which involves multiple international scientific networks and capacity building organizations. The goals of this fellowship are to (A) support early-career scientists who will provide the Pacific Islands region with ocean acidification research expertise, and (B) provide Pacific Island countries and communities with additional knowledge, information, and resources, which can be used to build greater resilience against acidification and its impacts. Please see Section III. Eligibility Information for a list of the prioritized Pacific Island countries. Subject to the availability of funding, OAP anticipates up to $300,000 USD total will be available to support approximately 3-6 graduate fellows, with each fellow funded at the approximate level of $20,000 - $32,000 USD per year for 2 years. Each award is intended to fund the fellow’s tuition, stipend, research budget, and/or other costs associated with completing a 2-year Masters degree program. For a full description of the types of costs that can and cannot be applied to this award, please see Section IV. F

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