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Ocean Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (OCE-PRF)

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Important information for proposers

All proposals must be submitted in accordance with the requirements specified in this funding opportunity and in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. It is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets these requirements. 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

Timothy J. Crone
tjcrone@nsf.gov (703) 292-4344 GEO/OCE
Elizabeth Canuel
ecanuel@nsf.gov (703) 292-7938 GEO/OCE
Joseph Carlin
jcarlin@nsf.gov (703) 292-8562 GEO/OCE
Jayne Gardiner
jgardine@nsf.gov (703) 292-4828 GEO/OCE
Elizabeth L. Rom
elrom@nsf.gov (703) 292-7709 GEO/RISE
Arnoldo Valle-Levinson
avallele@nsf.gov (703) 292-7946 GEO/OCE

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