PWSSC Graduate Research Fellowships

Prince William Sound Science Center (PWSSC)

Grant amount: Up to US $30,000

Anticipated deadline: Jan 19, 2019

Applicant type: Graduate Student

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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The Oil Spill Recovery Institute (OSRI) in Cordova, Alaska annually awards graduate fellowships. In 2017, we are soliciting proposals for one new graduate research fellowship. New fellowships are made available on a competitive basis to students admitted to or enrolled in a full-time masters or doctoral program at accredited colleges and universities. Fellowships may be funded for up to two years for masters or four years for doctoral level research. Proposals for up to $30,000 per year will be accepted.

Previously funded students whose fellowships are expiring may reapply for additional funding, but their proposal will be evaluated as a new proposal. 

Program objectives

OSRI funds projects that will

  • enhance scientific understanding of Arctic and subArctic marine and estuarine ecosystems, and
  • provide information needed by managers and decision-makers for oil spill response and recovery.

The OSRI Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) Program offers qualified masters and doctoral students the opportunity to address scientific and socioeconomic issues of significance to oil spills in Arctic and sub-Arctic (high latitude cold climate) regions.

Research focus areas

Fellowships may be awarded in any field that address OSRI’s mission. We are particularly interested in applications that examine the following areas of emphasis: toxicology, spill detection and tracking, improving spill response in sea ice, modeling of oil trajectories in ice, and degradation of oil. Applicants should examine the OSRI five year research plan to learn more about OSRI’s research emphases.

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


  • Students must be admitted to or enrolled in a full-time masters or doctoral program at accredited colleges and universities. 
  • Applicants should have completed a majority of their graduate course work and have an approved thesis research program.
    • Therefore, applicants are encouraged to apply after their first year of course work is completed
  • The funding may be used for stipend, tuition, and other research-related expenses.
  • A 25% match contribution is required.