Research and Funding Opportunities

  • Lobster Institute Graduate Research Fellowship Available for Fall, 2021  The Lobster Institute has a Graduate Research Fellowship available for Fall 2021,   supported by UMaine’s College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture.

    The one-year graduate research fellowship includes a stipend, tuition, and insurance for a student researching any aspect of the American lobster fishery. The prospective student must be either already enrolled in or recently accepted by the admissions committee of any unit within UMaine’s College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture. Advising faculty are expected to supply at least one year of matching support for the student. The advisor will be or become an affiliated faculty member of UMaine’s Lobster Institute. Both advisor and student will also be expected to participate in associated outreach activities complementary to their research.

    Application deadline July 30, 2021.  Decision by the first week of August.  Click here for more details and the application form.

  • Marine Resources Management Specialist, NMFS-NEFSC.  The NEFSC Cooperative Research Branch is hiring an individual to support the Branch’s industry-based environmental monitoring research, including the environmental Monitors on Lobster Traps and Large Trawlers program (eMOLT). I am reaching out to ask for your assistance in circulating the announcement to recruit a diverse and skilled pool of candidates.  We are seeking a candidate with experience or familiarity with observational oceanography (including instrumentation) and fisheries oceanography, including proficiency in data handling (for example, Python coding). Interest in or experience with working alongside the fishing community to collect scientific data and project management skills are also strongly desired.
  • Ph.D. position to study benthic movements of adult lobsters Homarus americanus in the Bay of Fundy
    • The project will construct individual-based models to infer migration paths of adult American lobster in the Bay of Fundy/Gulf of Maine based on archival tag data and an ocean model of the study domain’s bathymetry and temperature. It will provide the most detailed data existing concerning these movements, which will improve our understanding of their contribution to connectivity between inshore-offshore populations and between Lobster Fishing Areas, as well as of the timing and location of female hatch. This work is a collaboration with fishermen associations in the Bay of Fundy.
    • Review of applicants will begin on July 12, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. The start data will either be September 2021 or January 2022.
  • ROSA RFP: Commercial and Recreational Fisheries Resource Data Production, Storage, and Accessibility
    • The Responsible Offshore Science Alliance (ROSA) is seeking a qualified contractor to conduct research and prepare a written report on standardization and data sharing for fisheries resource data, to support regional data accessibility, transparency, and compatibility needs.
    • Deadline: May 3, 2021, 12 noon ET
  • Mitacs Accelerate International Internships
    • For Canadian students to work abroad
  • UMaine Canadian-American Center student fellowships
    • Available to graduate students in all disciplines focusing on Canada or Canadian-American relations
  • NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowships
  • Community-Focused Ocean Renewable Energy Research – Northeast Sea Grant
  • American Lobster Research Program – Maine Sea Grant
  • Maine Sea Grant Undergraduate Scholarship in Marine Sciences
  • Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship 
    • The application period for 2022 fellowships is now closed.
      Check back Fall 2021 for information on 2023 fellowships.
  • Switzer Fellowships
    • The application period for 2021 Switzer Fellowships is now closed. The 2021 fellowship awards will be announced in late May or early June.