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Ocean Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (OCE-PRF)

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Important Information for Proposers

Any proposal submitted in response to this funding opportunity should be submitted in accordance with the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. The NSF PAPPG is regularly revised and it is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets the requirements specified in this solicitation and the applicable version of the PAPPG. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.

Supports independent postdoctoral research on any topic supported by the Division of Ocean Sciences and provides professional development with a focus on developing mentoring skills to broaden participation of underrepresented groups in STEM.


The Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) offers postdoctoral research fellowships (PRF) to provide opportunities for scientists early in their careers to work within and across traditional disciplinary lines, develop partnerships, and avail themselves of unique research resources, sites and facilities.  The fellowship program is intended to provide beginning investigators of significant potential with experiences that will establish them in positions of leadership in the scientific community.  During tenure, Fellows affiliate with a host research organization(s) and conduct research on topics supported by OCE or other ocean-related NSF programs. Fellowships will include participation in a professional development program that emphasizes development of mentoring skills and that coordinates the involvement of Fellows in conferences and activities that are focused on increasing the engagement of underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Principal Investigators must be U.S. citizens, nationals or permanent residents. Principal Investigators who are women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and underrepresented minorities in STEM, or who have attended community colleges and minority-serving institutions (e.g. Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Alaska Native Serving Institutions, and Hawaiian Native and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions) are especially encouraged to apply.  

Program contacts

For questions about the OCE Postdoctoral Fellowship program, please send a message to: OCE_PRF@nsf.gov

Karl D. Castillo
kcastill@nsf.gov (703) 292-8988
Elizabeth L. Rom
elrom@nsf.gov (703) 292-7709 GEO/RISE
Elizabeth Canuel
ecanuel@nsf.gov (703) 292-7938 GEO/OCE
Joaquín Martínez Martínez
jmartine@nsf.gov (703) 292-8580
Daniel C. McCorkle
dmccorkl@nsf.gov (703) 292-4543 GEO/OCE
Dana K. Savidge
dsavidge@nsf.gov (703) 292-4897

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