MarineGEO Postdoctoral Fellowship

Smithsonian Institution (SI)

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Grant amount: Up to US $63,000

Anticipated deadline: Dec 15, 2019 8:59pm PST

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher

Funding uses: Research, Fellowship

Location of project: Belize, Panama, Florida, Maryland

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

Degree requirements: Applicants must be within a few years of receiving their PhD

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About this funder:



The Smithsonian’s Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network (TMON) invites proposals for the MarineGEO Postdoctoral Fellowship Program that will advance goals of the Marine Global Earth Observatory. MarineGEO is a growing, long-term, worldwide research program focused on studying coastal marine biodiversity and ecosystems using standardized approaches. By specializing in coastal systems, MarineGEO studies can reveal the role marine biodiversity plays in maintaining resilient ecosystems in the portion of the ocean where people and marine biodiversity are concentrated and interact most. 

MarineGEO Goals

MarineGEO seeks to:

  • Transform our understanding of biological and ecological processes in marine ecosystems, including forces of change and consequences for society, through application of integrative, multidisciplinary approaches across space and time.
  • Provide the science needed to improve ocean health (e.g., resilience and sustainability).
MarineGEO is dedicated to understanding changes in and relationships among the biodiversity, structure, and functioning of marine ecosystems at local to global scales.

Two cornerstones of MarineGEO are:

  • the use of standardized, repeated, long-term research
  • coordinated experiments conducted across the Smithsonian’s facilities and an expanding global network of diverse partners.

This approach is designed:

  • to achieve rigorous comparative understanding across space and time
  • to understand variation in coastal marine ecosystems
  • to assess links between local and global environmental forcing, biodiversity, and functioning of ecosystems.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applicants must have completed their Ph.D. before commencing the fellowship.
  • Proposals must focus on comparative research that directly addresses MarineGEO goals and questions about overarching research themes listed above.

  • Projects must involve at least two Smithsonian TMON facilities.
  • Projects should be scoped to a level that the fellow can accomplish alone or with limited assistance.
  • If field assistance is required (e.g., for diving), proposals should include estimates of those needs.


  • Individuals who have been employees at the Smithsonian within the previous year are not eligible.