The Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program provides support for independent graduate-level studies in oceanography, marine biology, or maritime archaeology (including all science, engineering, social science and resource management of ocean and coastal areas), particularly by women and members of minority groups.
Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarships may provide, subject to appropriations, yearly support of up to $42,000 per student (a 12-month stipend of $30,000 in addition to an education allowance of up to $12,000), and up to $10,000 of support for a 4-6 week program collaboration at a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) facility. Masters students may be supported for up to two years with a maximum of $98,000, and doctoral students for up to four years with a maximum of up to $196,000. Depending on funding, approximately 2-4 scholarships are awarded each year.
All Doctoral scholars are required to complete at least one program collaboration. For master’s degree level scholars, completion of a program collaboration is strongly recommended, but not required. The program collaboration opportunity is designed to allow scholars to participate in research or other activities for 4-6 weeks at a field office of the National Marine Sanctuary System, or other NOAA program offices.
All Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program recipients will be required to participate in a NOAA Orientation Training to meet with staff from the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. The date and location for this orientation training generally occurs during the month of either July or August.
To apply, each applicant must:
– be a U.S. citizen;
– pursue or intend to pursue a masters or doctoral level degree in oceanography, maritime archaeology or marine biology, including all science, engineering and resource management of ocean and coastal areas (or related areas), at a U.S. accredited institution;
– have and maintain a minimum cumulative and term grade point average of 3.3 or higher; and
– maintain full-time student status for the duration of the scholarship award.
Universities or other organizations may not apply on behalf of an individual. Prospective scholars do not need to be enrolled in a graduate program at the time of application, but must be admitted to a graduate level program in order to be awarded this scholarship. Eligibility must be maintained for each succeeding year of support and annual reporting requirements, to be specified at a later date, will apply.
Email address: fosterscholars [at] noaa.gov
Kate Thompson, Program Manager, (301) 713-7245
Seaberry Nachbar, Grants Online, ASAP, Evaluation, (831) 647-4204
Find more information on requirements, application timeline and evaluation criteria here.