Fellowship for doctoral students in marine resource economics

The National Sea Grant Office (NSGO) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) support this PhD graduate fellowship program in marine resource economics. Fellowships are awarded to students interested in the economics of conservation and the management of living marine resources. The overall goals of the program are:

  • Encourage students to pursue careers in marine resource economics
  • Increase available expertise related to the economic analysis of living marine resource conservation and management decisions
  • Foster closer relationships between academic scientists and NMFS
  • Provide real-world experience to graduate students and accelerate their career development.

Learn more about the NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship Program on the National Sea Grant Office Webpage and how to apply through Oregon Sea Grant Below.


This fellowship can provide support for up to three years for highly qualified graduate students working toward a PhD in a related field of study. Each fellow will be required to work closely with an expert (mentor) from NMFS who may provide data for the fellow's thesis, serve on the fellow's committee, and/or host an annual summer internship at the participating NMFS facility. Mentors will be from participating NMFS Science Centers or offices.

Prospective fellows must be U.S. citizens and admitted to a PhD degree program at the time of application in resource economics, environmental economics, or a related field at an institution of higher education in the U.S. or its territories, or submit a signed letter from the institution indicating provisional acceptance to a PhD degree program conditional on obtaining financial support such as this fellowship.

The NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship Program in Marine Resource Economics anticipates funding at least one new Ph.D. fellowship in 2024 to students who are interested in careers related to the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing the economics of the conservation and management of living marine resources.

For additional details, please review the 2024 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) (pdf)


Oregon Sea Grant uses eSeaGrant for fellowship application submissions. To access eSeaGrant, send an email to [email protected] declaring your interest in applying. Please include the name of the fellowship you wish to apply for in the subject line. An eSeaGrant account will then be created for you. All components of your application, including letters of recommendation, will be submitted through eSeaGrant. Stating your interest does not obligate you to apply. We are here to provide assistance as needed; however, please do not wait until the last minute to apply.


January 25, 2024 - Oregon applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their application package with Sarah Kolesar prior to submitting their applications.

Marine Resource Economics Fellow 2016-18

Russel Dame (2020-2023)

ASSIGNMENT: Rusty Dame is the 2020 National Marine Fisheries Service - SeaGrant Marine Resource Economics Fellow. Rusty is a PhD student in Oregon State University’s Applied Economics Department, and his research focuses on preferences of recreational charter anglers, targeting Alaskan Pacific Halibut.

EDUCATION: Rusty completed a BS and MS in Food and Resource Economics from the University of Florida, where his research focused on financial risk of off-bottom oyster aquaculture along the west coast of Florida.

PROFESSIONAL AND RESEARCH INTEREST: Rusty is interested in estimating the welfare effects from changes to harvest rates on recreational anglers and the impacts on wild stocks from changes to recreational demand. He does this by estimating random utility maximization models from revealed and stated preference data and calculating welfare effects for changes in site-wise and regional harvest rates. Using the estimated demand model, Rusty will estimate a bioeconomic model that simulates hypothetical policy changes that allow for varying harvest rates of commonly harvested recreational species at different sites. The bioeconomic model will calculate how policy changes may affect the wild stock while recreational angler activity adjusts to policy and stock changes.