NASEM Gulf Research Program Early-Career Research Fellowships 2021 (Funding available)

NASEM Gulf Research Program Early-Career Research Fellowships 2021 (Funding available)

Deadline: January 13, 2021

Applications are open for the NASEM Gulf Research Program Early-Career Research Fellowships 2021. The Fellowship supports emerging scientific leaders as they take risks on research ideas not yet tested, pursue unique collaborations, and build a network of colleagues who share their interest in improving offshore energy system safety and the well-being of coastal communities and ecosystems.

The Early Career Research Fellowship Human Health and Community Resilience track aligns with one of Gulf Research Program’s five program areas, and narrows the focus of the fellowship to support the most relevant research to the goals and objectives of the Board on Gulf Health and Resilience.

For the 2021-2023 Application Cycle, the Human Health and Community Resilience track goal focuses on contributing to the advancement of health equity in the Gulf of Mexico region or Alaska by considering the social determinants of health.


  • Each of the selected fellows will receive a $76,000 financial award, mentoring support, and a built-in community of current and past ECRF cohorts.


Applicant must

  • Hold a permanent, fully independent position as an investigator, faculty member, clinician scientist, or scientific team lead in industry, academia, or a research organization. A postdoc is not considered a fully independent position.
  • Be an early-career scientist who has received their eligible degree within the past 10 years (on or after September 1, 2011).
  • Hold a doctoral degree (e.g., PhD, ScD, EngD, MD, DrPH) in the social and behavioral sciences, health sciences and medicine, engineering and physical sciences, earth and life sciences, or interdisciplinary scientific fields relevant to the charge of the Gulf Research Program.
  • Be affiliated with a non-federal U.S. institution that has a valid tax ID number.
  • Not be currently employed by the U.S. federal government.

Factors that contribute to an applicant’s likelihood for success include:

  • A strong scientific and technical background and superior scholarship.
  • Strong research background with a clear alignment to the track goal and charge of the Gulf Research Program.
  • Experience or demonstrated willingness to work in an interdisciplinary field or participate in interdisciplinary collaborations.
  • Effective verbal and written communication to both scientific and non-scientific audiences.
  • The initiative, creativity, organization, and interpersonal skills needed to help ensure projects, teams, or individuals accomplish their goals and achieve successful outcomes, whether small or large.
  • Experience or achievements outside of research such as community and civic engagement.
  • Membership in one or more groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the applicant’s scientific discipline.
  • Affiliation with primarily undergraduate or minority-serving institutions.


Required application materials:

  • Your resume or CV (up to 5 pages)
  • A series of personal essays
  • Research Portfolio
  • Special Skill Essay
  • Personal Growth and Mentoring (750 word limit)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A statement (up to 1,000 words) from your selected mentor

Click here to apply

For more information, visit Gulf Research Program.