Dec. 3, 2018


National Academies' Gulf Research Program Now Accepting Applications for 2019 Early-Career Research and Science Policy Fellowships

WASHINGTON – The Gulf Research Program (GRP) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is now accepting applications for its Early-Career Research Fellowships and Science Policy Fellowships for 2019. Both fellowship programs are designed to help early-career scientists hone their skills while working on issues at the intersections of human health, environmental resources, and offshore energy safety.

The Early-Career Research Fellowship Program provides funding and mentoring to emerging scientific leaders to help them navigate the critical early phases of their careers with flexibility and support as they work to establish themselves as independent researchers. Each fellow receives a grant award of $76,000 for research expenses and professional development as well as professional guidance from a senior faculty member mentor at their home institution who can help foster their professional development. In 2018, in response to growing interest and competition, the number of Early-Career Fellowships awarded annually increased from 10 to 20. Since 2015, the GRP has invested over $3.6 million in 48 fellows at institutions throughout the country.

The Science Policy Research Fellowship Program helps new scientists sharpen their skills at the interface of science and policy by providing them with a one-year experience on the staff of a federal, state, local, or non-governmental environmental, natural resources, oil and gas, or public health agency in the Gulf of Mexico region. Fellows receive an annual stipend of $45,000 for current students or $55,000 for graduates. Host offices engage fellows in activities including policy development, evaluation, restoration planning, grants management, and stakeholder outreach as fellows learn to make scientific information not just useful but useable. In addition, fellows are paired with a mentor at their host offices and have opportunities for professional development. Since 2015, the GRP has invested over $1.7 million in 33 fellows placed at 13 host offices throughout the Gulf states.

All applications for both programs are reviewed by a committee of reviewers selected by the GRP. Reviewers evaluate applicants based on review criteria along with consideration of fit within the GRP’s goals and balance of fellows across scientific disciplines.

The GRP anticipates awarding up to 20 Early-Career Research Fellowships in 2019. The deadline to submit an application for this fellowship is Feb. 20, 2019, by 5 p.m. ET.

The GRP anticipates awarding up to 10 Science Policy Fellowships in 2019. The deadline to submit an application for this fellowship is March 6, 2019, by 5 p.m. ET.

Both fellowships begin on Sept. 1, 2019. For more information about these programs and how to apply, visit

The National Academies' Gulf Research Program is an independent, science-based program founded in 2013 as part of legal settlements with the companies involved in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. It seeks to enhance offshore energy system safety and protect human health and the environment by catalyzing advances in science, practice, and capacity to generate long-term benefits for the Gulf of Mexico region and the nation. The program has $500 million for use over 30 years to fund grants, fellowships, and other activities in the areas of research and development, education and training, and monitoring and synthesis. Visit to learn more.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are private, nonprofit institutions that provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions related to science, technology, and medicine. The Academies operate under an 1863 congressional charter to the National Academy of Sciences, signed by President Lincoln. For more information, visit .

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