Scholarship and Other Funding Opportunities Within SFOS

Dr. H. Richard Carlson Scholarship

The Dr. H. Richard Carlson Scholarship is awarded each year to an outstanding graduate student. Shirley Carlson established this scholarship in honor of her late husband, Dr. H. Richard Carlson.  Dr. Carlson made substantial and important contributions to fisheries science in Alaska as a scientist at NOAA Fisheries Auke Bay Laboratory.  In addition, he gave support and encouragement to UA fisheries students.

Award Amount (2013): $7038.00–University expenses only

Due Date: September 4, 2013

Dates of Award: September 2013 ($3519.00) and January 2014 ($3519.00) automatically credited to student’s University account.

Eligibility:  Applicants must be full-time UAF Fisheries graduate students, in good standing, conducting fisheries biology research at the SFOS in Juneau Applicants must be Alaska residents and demonstrate motivation and academic and leadership potential. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need. **Successful recipient must be enrolled full time during the term of the award (nine credits each fall & spring semesters  – no audits.)

How to Apply: Download application form (Word doc or PDF).

Application Process:Send the application form (which includes 2 letters of recommendation) and following supporting documents: 1. Current transcripts (unofficial copies are accepted) 2. Personal statement that includes how the student meets the eligibility requirements and describes financial need (i.e. employment and other financial aid student is receiving). Send to: Carlson Scholarship Review Committee Juneau Center, SFOS, UAF 17101 Pt. Lena Loop Rd. Juneau AK  99801

Review Procedure:  A faculty committee will review all applications and make a recommendation to the Fisheries Division Director.

Contact: E-mail AFSC Population Dynamics Fellowship To support the training of M.S. and PhD. students in quantitative fisheries science, including population dynamics, management, and stock assessment. Provided by the Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) of the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Award Amount: $72000 available each year. Provides for full funding for about 3 students/year, including salary and tuition.

Eligibility: Open to students and applicants with solid quantitative ability and achievement. Applications are evaluated by a committee of AFSC and SFOS quantitative scientists. Funding dependent on fund availability.

Scholarship Details: The Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) of the National Marine Fisheries Service supports the training of M.S. and PhD. students in quantitative fisheries science, including population dynamics, management, and stock assessment. This fellowship is open to M.S. and Ph.D. graduate students with solid quantitative ability and achievement. Generally, research focus should be related to the mandate of the Alaska Fisheries Science Center, which includes marine and anadromous waters of the Alaska region. However, other interesting projects can be considered. A committee of AFSC and SFOS quantitative scientists evaluates applications. Up to 3 fellowships per year can be awarded. Also, “gap” funding is available to support quantitative students without other financial support to help them complete their research programs. Applications should be made to the AFSC Scholarship Committee, Juneau Center, SFOS, UAF, 17101 Pt. Lena Loop Rd. Juneau AK  99801, E-mail: The applicant should be a UAF professor or a student with sponsorship from a UAF professor. The applicant should detail research in a quantitative arena of fisheries science, such as mathematics, statistics, and modeling. Applications are evaluated as they are received; there is no formal date of application. Some examples of appropriate research projects are given below. This list is not meant to be restrictive but an indication of the type of research project likely to receive funding.

  1. Research related to improving population dynamics models for fish, shellfish, and invertebrates.
  2. Studies of population parameters, such as age, growth, maturity, and natural mortality, which can be incorporated directly into stock assessment models.
  3. Multispecies models that incorporate predation and competition into traditional stock assessments.
  4. Studies that combine population genetics with population dynamics.
  5. Simulation models that evaluate robust management strategies for exploited fish populations.
  6. Studies that explicitly incorporate uncertainty into fishery models.
  7. Development of spatially explicit models that incorporate migration and movement (e.g., for sablefish).
  8. Research about the uncertainty of abundance estimates from age- and length-structured analyses of marine species.
  9. Estimate risk (probability) of “overfishing” and test overfishing algorithms.
  10. Estimate whether sablefish migration rates are density-dependent. Heifetz and Fujioka (1991, Fisheries Research 11:355-374) estimated migration rates from returns during ~1980- 1988, a period of population increase. Did these rates change during the recent population decrease?
  11. Develop new stock assessment models for forage fish species in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea.
  12. Develop a spatial dispersion model that considers evaluation of marine protected areas as a management tool (e.g., for rockfish).

Contact: E-mail SFOS Fisheries Division

 Dieter Family Marine Science Research Scholarship 

To support research by a marine sciences graduate student, with preference for students working at the Seward Marine Center or the Alaska SeaLife Center. E.R. “Dolly” Dieter worked for the UAF Institute of Marine Science from 1962 until 1997. She established this scholarship to help with the growth and development of oceanography at UAF. Award amount: $500 to $1000 per year. For more information: View UAF’s Privately Funded Scholarships page How to apply: This application is process through UAonline.

Francis “Bud” Fay Memorial Scholarship

To support graduate students in marine biology, who are conducting research on marine mammals. Bud Fay was known to all whose lives he touched as a warm, caring, generous individual, a man of great integrity who was intensely interested and passionately involved in his scientific pursuits. He was recognized internationally as the world’s leading expert on the walrus.

Award amount: $1000 per year.

For more information: View UAF’s Privately Funded Scholarships page How to apply: This application is process through UAonline.

Howard Feder And David Shaw Graduate Student Support Fund

To support graduate students in oceanography or marine biology. Alyeska Pipeline Service Company established this support fund to honor the contributions that Drs. Howard Feder and David Shaw have made to environmental monitoring in Port Valdez. Both Drs. Feder and Shaw are professors emeriti of the Institute of Marine Science at UAF.

Award amount: $1500/year.

How to apply: Requests for proposals will be announced in January. Proposals and letters of support should be submitted to Christina Neumann,

Review process: Institute of Marine Science Director will review and choose recipient.

Ken Turner Memorial Fellowship

To support graduate students in the marine sciences. Ken Turner was a captain of the R/V Acona, the first research vessel of the Institute of Marine Science. This fund was established in his memory by the faculty and staff of IMS.

Award amount: $1000-$2000/year.

How to apply: This application is process through UAonline.

Ladd Macaulay Graduate Fellowship in Salmon Fisheries Research

Applications Due: 15 January 2014

The Ladd Macaulay Graduate Fellowship in Salmon Fisheries Research is funded through a donation from Douglas Island Pink and Chum, Inc. (DIPAC), a private non-profit salmon enhancement organization based in Juneau, Alaska. The fellowship will support a graduate student fellowship, beginning as early as Fall 2014, for graduate studies in Fisheries at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Juneau Center for Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Funding is for an incoming (prospective) graduate student and will cover standard graduate stipends, tuition/fees, and health insurance for up to three years; second and third year funding is conditional on successful annual progress. Selection is competitive.

Selection Criteria and Guidelines

  1. The proposed project should address hatchery/wild salmon interactions, marine survival and ocean carrying capacity, salmon fisheries management in Southeast Alaska, or hatchery technology and enhancement strategies. (See additional detail on these topics at the end of this announcement.)
  2. The proposed project should contribute to the long-term productivity, sustainability, and profitability of SE Alaska salmon fisheries.
  3. The proposed project should make a unique and substantive contribution to existing knowledge.

Proposal Format & Submission Instructions

Proposals are limited to four (4) pages (excluding faculty advisor endorsement) and must be submitted in pdf format via email to no later than 5:00 p.m. Alaska Time on 15 January 2014. Proposals that do not conform to submission guidelines or deadlines will not be reviewed. Proposals should include six sections:

  1. Objectives—A succinct statement of project goals
  2. Background and need—What is the current state of knowledge regarding the proposed research topic; how will the project extend current knowledge and contribute to the long-term productivity, sustainability, and profitability of SE Alaska salmon fisheries?
  3. Methods—How do you propose to address the project objectives?
  4. Timeline/milestones—When will you accomplish major elements of the project?
  5. Budget—this does not need to be detailed, but should identify any need for specialized facilities or field resources, the anticipated cost of genetic, chemical, or other specialized analyses, the cost of feeds and other specialized treatments for studies involving live fish, etc.
  6. Current and pending support—Do you have current or pending support that will contribute to successful completion of the proposed project?
  7. Faculty advisor endorsement (attach separately)—This letter must be from a member of the UAF Fisheries Division faculty.

Detailed List of Research Interests

  1. Hatchery/wild interactions A. Genetic, ecological, and harvest interactions B. Supplementation of sockeye salmon lakes C. Sustainability of hatchery and wild production D. Economics of hatchery and wild production systems
  2. Marine survival and Ocean Carrying Capacity A. Marine survival and wild stock production in relation to environmental factors for sockeye and chum salmon in Southeast Alaska B. Research on the carrying capacity of the Gulf of Alaska for wild and hatchery salmon
  3. Salmon Fisheries Management in Southeast Alaska A. Improved escapement estimates and monitoring B. Management of mixed stock fisheries with high harvest of DIPAC fish (Taku Inlet, Lynn Canal) C. Stock identification of sockeye salmon in northern SE Alaska gill net and seine fisheries D. Migration routes of DIPAC fish into Northern SE Alaska fisheries and terminal harvest areas
  4. Hatchery technology and enhancement strategies A. Research to improve the efficacy or efficiency of hatchery operations B. Brood stock management: mating strategies to maintain genetic diversity and phenotypic characteristics of hatchery stocks

NFI/Sea Grant Fellowship

Provides stipend and tuition for a graduate student working on marine fisheries research. Provided by the National Fishing Institute and the Alaska Sea Grant College Program. Contact: Alaska Sea Grant College Program

Rasmuson Fisheries Research Center

To support graduate students in Fisheries, Marine Biology, or Oceanography who are conducting research related to Alaska’s fisheries. The Rasmuson Fisheries Research Center was founded in 1994 by the late Elmer E. Rasmuson, with a million dollar endowment, and has grown through his subsequent contributions and a $100,000 gift from Ward’s Cove Packing Company. Approximately eight fellowships are awarded annually including renewals. Award amount: ranges from $17,500 (beginning Masters) to $22,000 (senior Ph.D.) plus tuition.

For more information: View Rasmuson Fisheries Research Center pages

How to apply: Contact SFOS Dean Mike Castellini,

Teaching Assistantships

GPMSL awards 3-4 teaching assistantships per semester, and the Fisheries Program has 2 teaching assistantships available.

Award amount: Ranges from $17,500 (beginning Masters) to $22,000 (senior Ph.D.) plus tuition.

How to apply: Contact Christina Neumann,

Visit the Assistantships webpage for more information. Teaching assistantships are also sometimes available in other UAF departments, primarily the Biology department. Contact Christina Neumann,, for further information.