Gulf Research Program Science Policy Fellowships

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

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Predicted deadline: Mar 3, 2022 2:00pm PST

Grant amount: US $50,000 - US $60,000

Fields of work: Environmental Policy

Applicant type: PhD Student, Faculty, Postdoctoral Researcher, Research Scientist

Funding uses: Fellowship

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

Location of residency: United States

Location of citizenship: United States

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

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Science Policy Fellowships 

The Gulf Research Program’s Science Policy Fellowship program helps scientists hone their skills by putting them to practice for the benefit of Gulf Coast communities and ecosystems. Fellows gain first-hand experience at the interface of science and policy as they spend one year on the staff of federal, state, local, or non-governmental environmental, natural resource, oil and gas, and public health agencies in the Gulf of Mexico region. 

With the guidance of a mentor, fellows delve into activities like research, evaluation, restoration planning, stakeholder outreach, and policy development and learn what it takes to make scientific information not just useful but useable. Meanwhile, host offices get a talented technical expert with a fresh perspective and a new network of contacts across the Gulf of Mexico region. 

Get to know the work of our current and past Science Policy Fellows.

What are the benefits of the fellowship?

Detailed information can be found in the terms of the Science Policy Fellowship.


Fellows who have completed an MA, MS, or MPH/MSPH degree or who are currently enrolled in a doctoral program will receive an annual stipend of $45,000. Fellows who have completed a PhD, ScD, EngD, MD, DrPH, or DVM will receive an annual stipend of $55,000. Stipends will be paid directly to the fellow in monthly disbursements.

Professional development

Fellows will receive up to $5,000 in additional support as reimbursement for tuition and/or fees for professional development courses and activities or for professional travel related to their host office duties.

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 fellowship stipend and professional development support.

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


  • Applicants must:
    • Hold an eligible degree, including MA/MS, MPH/MSPH, PhD, ScD, EngD, MD, DrPH, and DVM. Eligible degrees must be completed by August 15, 2018, and conferred by December 31, 2018.
    • 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 graduate work relating to one or more initiatives of the Gulf Research Program.
    • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident.
    • Not be currently employed by the U.S. federal government. 


  • Finalists are selected based on a set of review criteria and we encourage applicants to read the criteria carefully. Factors that contribute to an applicant’s likelihood for success include:
    • Recognition that the relationship between science and policy is not a one-way street. In other words, evidence of a strong interest in both applying science to public policy and decision making and incorporating public policy experience into their scientific work. Prior direct public policy experience is valued but not required.
    • A strong scientific and technical background and superior academic achievement.
    • 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. (Once placed in host offices, applicants will be communicating with peers, senior colleagues, and external stakeholders in a wide range of settings.)
    • 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.


  •  Full-time, paid, permanent federal employees are not eligible for the fellowship.


This page was last reviewed December 08, 2020 and last updated December 08, 2020