Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program

Award Amount
Application deadline
Awarded By:

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Number of Awards & Eligibility: The number of awards offered varies annually. Last year, four awards were offered. *Please note: The number of recipients for this program varies according to the number of college students meeting the eligibility requirements in any given year.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be a U.S. citizen.
  3. Must be a full-time student.
  4. Must be currently pursuing or intending to pursue a master's or doctoral level degree in oceanography, marine biology, or maritime archaeology, including the curation, preservation, and display of maritime artifacts.
  5. Must have been accepted in to a graduate program at time of application.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This award is for minorities and female students studying in related fields or the exact fields: ocean and/or coastal: engineering, social science, marine education, marine stewardship, and resource management disciplines. Selections are based on academic excellence, letters of recommendations, research and career goals and financial need.

Application requirements for the Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program are:

  • Recommendation letter
  • Application form
  • Personal statement
  • Official Transcript
  • Proposal
  • Acceptance letter
  • Declaration
Additional Information: Preference may be given to women and minority groups. Applications are evaluated using the follow criteria and weights: the student's academic record, and statement of intent (25 percent); quality of project and applicability to program priorities (35 percent); recommendation and/or endorsement letters (15 percent); additional relevant experience related to diversity of education, including work experience (15 percent); and the financial need of the student (10 percent).

Award Amount: Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarships may provide, subject to appropriations, yearly support of up to $42,000 per student (a 12-month stipend of $30,000 in addition to an education allowance of up to $12,000), and up to $10,000 of support for a 4-6 week program collaboration at a NOAA facility.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $50,000.

About National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:
Contact Information: ATTN: Dr. Priti Brahma, NOAA Office of Education
Address: 1305 East West Highway SSMC4 11th Floor, Room 11423 Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

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