NOAA Ph.D. Fellowship - Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems (CCME)

Student field work

UPDATE: Our CCME Student Fellowships are Currently Full

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Through the Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems (CCME), a partnership led by Florida A&M University (FAMU), HRI provides support for a limited number of graduate students pursuing applied research in NOAA mission-related scientific focal areas.  CCME is one of five Educational Cooperative Science Centers funded under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions.  Preference is given to under-represented minorities in selecting students for the program.

Three NOAA priorities are targeted for research under the program:  Coastal Resilience, Coastal Intelligence, and Place-Based Conservation (see NOS Roadmap). 

Students accepted into CCME will receive the following support:

David NorrisDirect Financial Support

Each Ph.D. student will receive a $24,000 annual stipend ($16,800 for M.S. Students), health insurance, tuition for a full load, and funding to cover certain research-related expenses.

Core Competency Course (CWCC)

Students receive this course early on, teaching them how to integrate natural and social sciences into solutions for coastal communities and ecosystems.  The CWCC addresses natural and anthropogenic stressors (e.g. temperature changes, sea level rise, changes in frequency and severity of storms, and ocean acidification) and how these dynamics affect distributions and uses of resources in coastal environments.  The course explores human-use demands on coastal systems, management approaches and policies, site characterization techniques, ecosystem assessment and valuation, ecological models, and analysis of policy making paradigms and socioeconomic issues.

Student field work

“Big Data” Analytics Summer Boot Camp

The Boot Camp deepens students’ understanding and use of large data sets in research through tours, workshops, seminars, interactive group learning exercises, and networking with researchers skilled in Big Data and geospatial analysis.

NOAA Summer Internships & Professional Development

HRI faculty and staff will help CCME students identify NOAA internships and experiential training opportunities, and assist with resume and application preparation.

Travel to Present Student Research at Conferences

Students present their work at scientific conferences with CCME travel funding.  All CCME students present at the NOAA EPP Biennial Education and Science Forum.



To be eligible for the CCME Fellowship, students must be U.S. citizens, maintain full-time status and a minimum of 3.0 Grade Point Average, and not be engaged in full-time employment outside the CCME program and/or academic institution.  To inquire or apply, interested students must email their CVs and a brief letter explaining their research interests to CCME Coordinator Mikell Smith. Fellowships will remain open until filled.  Students must also be accepted into an appropriate science degree program so do not delay if interested.

The HRI Endowed Chairs of Coastal and Marine Policy and LawEcosystems and ModelingFisheries and Ocean HealthCoastal and Marine Geospatial Sciences, and Socio-Economics select students for the CCME program and supervise their research.  More details on CCME goals and partnership are available on the CCME project page.


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