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Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program

Scholarship Provider: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Application Deadline: 12/12/2013
Description: The Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program provides support for independent graduate-level studies in oceanography, marine biology, or maritime archaeology (including all science, engineering, social science and resource management of ocean and coastal areas), particularly by women and members of minority groups. 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 four to six week program collaboration at a NOAA facility. Masters students may be supported for up to two years, and doctoral students for up to four years. Depending on funding three to four scholarships are awarded each year.


Those eligible to apply are United States citizens currently pursuing or intending to pursue a masters or doctoral level degree in oceanography, maritime archaeology or marine biology, at a U.S. accredited institution. In addition students must have and maintain a minimum cumulative and term grade point average of 3.3 and maintain full-time student status for every term, and the duration of their award. Universities or other organizations may not apply on behalf of an individual. Prospective scholars do not need to be enrolled in a graduate program at the time of application, but must be admitted to a graduate level program in order to be awarded this scholarship. Eligibility must be maintained for each succeeding year of support and annual reporting requirements, to be specified at a later date, will apply.
Scholarship Amount: Up to $42,000
Scholarship Website:
School Type Requirement: Four Year College or Research University
Applicant Class Requirement: Entering Graduate Student or Current Graduate Student or Graduating Seniors applying to Grad School May Apply
Minority Status Requirement: No Restrictions or Women & Underrepresented minorities
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. Citizen
Awards Given: 3
Length of Award: More Than One Year
Minimum GPA: 3.3
Other Comments: Number of awards available is based on those distributed last year.

Evaluation Criteria

The evaluation criteria and weighting of the criteria are as follows:

Statement of Intent and Academic Record (20%)- Academic record and Statement of Intent describing career goals and objectives of scholarship need.
Statement of Intent - 15%

Coursework - 5%

Research Proposal (35%)- Quality of project and applicability to program priorities. Research proposals will be evaluated for relevance to NOAA's mission, with particular focus on the mission of NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.
Alignment with NOAA and ONMS Priorities - 10%

Feasibility - 10%

Technical Understanding and Clarity of Proposal - 15%

Recommendations (15%)- Recommendations and/or endorsement letters.
Familiarity of Applicant - 7%

Strength of Support - 8%

Experience and Communication (20%)- Additional relevant experience related to diversity of education: extracurricular activities; honors and awards, interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills. For the Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program, this includes relevant work experience. (Interpersonal and written skills will be evaluated from information in the Statement of Intent and research proposal.)
Experience - 10%

Communication Skills - 10%

Financial Need (10%)- Financial need of student
Estimated Financial Need - 5%

Statement of Financial Need - 5%

For more information regarding how to apply, please visit:

Scholarship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Kate Thompson
NOAA Office of Education
1315 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: (301) 713-9437
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