Gulf Research Program Early-Career Research Fellowships

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

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Grant amount: US $76,000

Anticipated deadline: Feb 20, 2020 2:00pm PST

Applicant type: Research Scientist Doctor Faculty

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas

Location of residency: United States

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

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Early Career Research Fellowships

The early-career research fellowship supports emerging scientists as they take risks on research ideas not yet tested, pursue unique collaborations, and build a network of colleagues who share their interest in preventing oil spills and in the well-being of coastal communities and ecosystems.

Because the early years of a researcher’s career are a critical time, the relatively unrestricted funds and mentoring this fellowship provides help recipients navigate this period with independence, flexibility, and a built-in support network. Get to know the work of our current and past early-career research fellows.

What are the benefits of the fellowship?

An award of $76,000 is paid to each fellow’s institution in the form of a two-year grant. Potential fellows must ensure compliance with their institution’s requirements for applications for external funding. Funds cannot be used on institutional overhead or indirect charges. Detailed funding information can be found in the Early-Career Research Fellowship sample grant agreement for public and private institutions.

Research Funding

$75,000 is available for the fellow to use for research-related expenses, including equipment purchases, professional travel, professional development courses, trainee support, salary, or any other costs directly related to the fellow’s research. The use of these funds for any other expenses requires pre-approval from the Gulf Research Program. 

If a fellow moves to a different institution during the fellowship, transfer of the remaining fellowship funds to the fellow’s new institution will be approved only under extraordinary circumstances. 

Mentor honorarium

The remaining $1,000 of the award serves as an honorarium for a mentor. Applicants must identify a senior-level researcher at their affiliated institution willing to serve as a career mentor.

Additional funding

All fellows will attend an orientation in Washington, D.C., in September 2018 and the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference in New Orleans in February 2019. Travel expenses for these events will be covered by the Gulf Research Program; they are in addition to the $76,000 fellowship award.

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


  • Applicants must:
    • Be early-career scientists who have received their final degree within the past 10 years (on or after September 1, 2008).
      • Eligible degrees include PhD, ScD, EngD, MD, DrPH, and DVM.
    • Hold a fully independent position as an investigator, faculty member, clinician scientist, or scientific team lead in industry or academia.
      • Applicants must be pre-tenure if in a tenure track position.
    • Come from an area of research including social and behavioral sciences, health sciences and medicine, engineering and physical sciences, earth and life sciences, and interdisciplinary scientific fields relevant to one or more initiatives of the Gulf Research Program.
    • Be involved in research relating to one or more initiatives of the Gulf Research Program.
    • Be affiliated with a non-federal U.S. institution that has a valid tax ID number.
    • Not be currently employed by the U.S. federal government.


  • Fellows are selected based on a set of review criteria. Factors that contribute to an applicant’s likelihood for success include:
    • A strong scientific and technical background and superior scholarship.
    • Experience or demonstrated willingness to work in an interdisciplinary field or participate in interdisciplinary collaborations.
    • Effective verbal and written communication to both scientific and non-scientific audiences.
    • The initiative, creativity, organization, and interpersonal skills needed to help ensure projects, teams, or individuals accomplish their goals and achieve successful outcomes, whether small or large.
    • Membership in one or more groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the applicant’s scientific discipline.
    • Affiliation with primarily undergraduate or minority-serving institutions.


  • Funds cannot be used on institutional overhead or indirect charges.
  • Full-time, paid, permanent federal employees are not eligible for the fellowship.