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GRADUATE STUDENT
RESEARCH AWARDS

To encourage students to pursue scientific and scholarly research
addressing ecosystem and fisheries management issues.

About the Program

NPRB offers a competetive Graduate Student Research Award in the amount of $26,000 to qualified Master’s and Doctoral level students.  Awards are granted to address scientific, technological, and socioeconomic issues relating to the research themes identified in the 2018 NPRB Science Plan. Students are limited to one award per degree. To date, 68 students have been funded through this program since 2008.

How to Apply

Each year, NPRB offers competitive student awards to qualified candidates at the Master’s and Doctoral level that address NPRB’s mission and mandates.

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Eligibility & More

Find out if you are eligible to NPRB’s Graduate Student Research Award. See past past recipients who have received the award, metrics, and more.

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Explore the Science

Content coming soon. We are currently developing graduate student featurettes that will showcase the excellent research coming out of the students whom we support.

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How to Apply


The annual request for proposals (RFP) was released on September 28, 2021. For this current release, NPRB has adopted a rolling submission format for Core Program funding. Proposals may be submitted at any time.

Additional Details

The mission of the North Pacific Research Board (NPRB) is to build a clear understanding of the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands, and Chukchi/Beaufort Seas that enables effective management and sustainable use of marine resources. NPRB will award a minimum of six Graduate Student Research Awards (GSRAs) of $26,000 each to qualified applicants at US-based institutions whose research addresses scientific, technological, and socio-economic themes relating to this mission. Award funds may be used for stipend, tuition, university fees, research-related travel, supplies, or analyses. The award includes funds for travel to the Alaska Marine Science Symposium.

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Important Application Information

Personal Statement

Provide a personal education and career goal statement emphasizing your abilities, initiative and experience. How would this award support your graduate degree and advance your career? Provide a clear statement identifying how this project will address the NPRB mission and region of interest.

Management or Ecosystem Implications

Describe how this research would address pressing fishery management or ecosystem  information needs. Explicitly  describe how this proposal would have broader impacts beyond the scope of the project.

Community & Stakeholder engagement strategy

Indicate how relevant Alaskan communities may be impacted by and/or benefit from project results. Include specific details on how the student will coordinate and communicate with local stakeholders, entities, and communities.

Award Conditions

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By the end of your degree program, share the research via an oral or poster presentation at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium. NPRB will reimburse the costs of this travel in addition to the base award.

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By the end of your degree program, give a talk at a school or to a public audience.

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Provide NPRB with a .pdf copy of the completed thesis and any resulting publications.

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Acknowledge the NPRB Graduate Student Research Award in the student thesis, research presentations and publications. The awardee should contact NPRB for a publication number during the proof stage of any publications resulting from this work.

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Ensure that contact information is updated as necessary to allow for follow-up with awardees to determine metrics such as graduation success.

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Review Process

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Science Panel Review

Applications are reviewed by two members of the NPRB Science Panel, with reviews focused on the demonstrated ability of the student and scientific merit of the proposal. Transcripts, CVs, and support letters will be evaluated.

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Advisory Panel Review

The Advisory Panel will add recommendations to the top ranked-applicants based on their community involvement, noting those that have specific stakeholder relevance or timeliness.

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Board Review

The NPRB Board will make the final selection for GSRA applications. Deliberations will consider Science and Advisory Panel review. NPRB staff will notify applicants of their status in late May via email.

Program eligibility

Students must be accepted by, or enrolled in, a graduate degree program at an accredited university or college by the time of application. Applicants must have a graduate research topic relevant to the research themes and issues identified in the 2018 NPRB Science Plan. Recipients of previous GSRAs are not eligible to re-apply during the course of the same degree, but may apply in subsequent degrees. Funds may be used for graduate student stipend and standard benefits, tuition or required university fees, research-related travel, supplies, and laboratory analyses. Funds are directly distributed to the student and are considered taxable income.

Applicants must have a graduate research topic relevant to the research themes and issues identified in the 2018 NPRB Science Plan. To learn more about the suite of different research projects NPRB has funded through the Core Program, visit our Project Search.

Graduate Student Research
Award METRICS

Since 2008, the North Pacific Research Board has been supporting future generation scientists at the Master’s and Doctorate levels. Almost 100 student awards have been distributed to young-career scientists, many of whom call Alaska their home. NPRB continues to demonstrate its desire for building capacity, creating long-standing relationships, and encouraging young scientists to pursue research that aligns with the mission and mandates of NPRB.

Total Research Awards

Total Amount Funded Since 2008

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Past Requests for Proposals

2017 RFP

2018 RFP

2019 RFP

2020 RFP

2021 RFP

2022 RFP

Past Student Recipients (2008-2022)

Students from all over the United States have received NPRB funding. In earlier years, international students were eligible, but the Board has refined it’s application process to only include students accepted by a graduate program at an accredited university or college in the United States.

WHo we are
GENERAL INFO

Established in 2001, NPRB is a marine research organization that supports pressing fishery management issues or marine ecosystem needs.

REPORTS & PUBLICATIONS

More than 600 peer-reviewed publications have been produced through NPRB-funded research. Browse our library and our reports here.

LEADERSHIP

NPRB comprises a 20 member Board, representing Federal, State, and other entitites while receiving advice from Science and Advisory Panels.

PARTNERSHIPS

Looking to partner with NPRB? NPRB welcomes partnerships to co-fund research in areas of common interest and across its programs.

OUTREACH & ENGAGEMENT

NPRB communicates and engages with a broad and diverse set of Alaskan stakeholders and audiences, from coastal communities to academia.

STAFF

NPRB staff support the Board, Science, and Advisory Panels for funding decisions, science priorities, recommendations, and program management.

Funding Available

The Core Program offers year-round funding with flexible rolling submission options.

SUBMIT YOUR RESEARCH PRIORITIES

NPRB staff begins developing draft research priorities for the Core Program in late July and August. Submit before July 2nd to be considered for the current year’s RFP development. 

Our Programs
INTEGRATED ECOSYSTEM PROGRAMS
SCIENCE FOUNDATION

NPRB maintains scientific programs designed to address pressing fishery management issues and Alaska marine ecosystem information needs.

CORE PROGRAM

NPRB supports a competitive, peer-reviewed annual request for proposal (RFP) process dedicated to marine research in Alaskan waters.

The Arctic Integrated Ecosystem Reserach Program looked at how physical changes in the ocean influence the flow of energy through the marine food web in the Bering Strait, Chukchi Sea, and western Beaufort Sea from 2017-2021.

OUTREACH PROGRAM

Supporting science communication, engagement, outreach, and education initiatives for all our research programs.

LONG-TERM MONITORING

This program supports new or existing time-series research that enhance the ability to understand the current state of marine ecosystems.

The Bering Sea Project, a partnership between the North Pacific Research Board and the National Science Foundation, sought to understand the impacts of climate change and dynamic sea ice cover on the eastern Bering Sea ecosystem.

INTEGRATED ECOSYSTEM RESEARCH

These are large-scale interdisciplinary ecosystem-based programs, requiring multiple agency coordination, collaboration, and investigation.

GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH AWARDS

NPRB supports next generation scientists, researchers, and resource managers to further their studies in relevant fields of marine science and to our mission.

The Gulf of Alaska Project tested three main hypotheses about the survival and recruitment of five focal groundfish species (Pacific cod, Pacific ocean perch, walleye pollock, arrowtooth flounder, sablefish) during their first year of life.

About NPRB
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