How To Apply
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Applicants must apply on-line at http://grants.gov. The Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) for FY'14 has been published and is now searchable under the FFO #NOAA-NOS-NMS-2014-2003873. The application process has several steps and takes time to complete, so read the instructions early in order to accomplish all steps. The deadline date of December 12, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time including time of day is firm for all application submissions. All application paperwork must be uploaded to http://grants.gov after establishing an account unless otherwise noted in the FFO. Click here for a pdf version of the FFO for your reference. Please be advised that the FFO is the official document for the scholarship opportunity and it is highly recommended that you download it as your guide for applying for the scholarship.
Paper applications will be accepted only from those individuals who do not have access to the Internet. Paper applications must be postmarked by the due date as outlined in the Full Funding Opportunity. In such cases, paper applications should be sent to:
Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program
The FFO for FY'14 has been published as of November 8, 2013. The announcement has been posted on the website http://fosterscholars.noaa.gov with a link to Grants.gov. The announcement will contain the Funding Opportunity Number which is needed to register in Grants.gov and apply on-line. For detailed information about registering as an individual and applying in the Grants.gov system, please review the following document: http://www.grants.gov/assets/IndvUserGuide.pdf.
A. Address to Request Application Package
Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
Information contact(s): Send requests for information to the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries at the address shown above, by telephone (831) 647- 4204, or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
B. Content and Form of Application
All blocks in yellow must be completed.
Numbers 2-9: The following items of the application listed below shall be uploaded into Grants.gov in a single Adobe PDF file, in the order outlined below. Failure to provide a single Adobe PDF file with all of the components in the order listed below will result in the application being disqualified.
Provide the information outlined below, but do not exceed 2 typewritten single-spaced pages, font size 12 in Times New Roman, with a 1" margin. General Information Sheets that are longer than 2 pages in length will not be accepted and will result in the application being disqualified. The General Information Sheet must be included within the single Adobe PDF document in the correct order as outlined in Section B of the Application and Submission Information.
Failure to include the General Information Sheet, as outlined above, will result in the application being disqualified.
Provide the following components outlined below in two separate sections. The Statement of Intent should be typewritten, single-spaced, font size 12 Times New Roman, with a 1" margin and should not exceed one page in length including sections (a) and (b). Both sections (a) and (b) will be weighted equally; therefore your descriptions must provide enough detail to review accordingly. Statements longer than one page will not be accepted and will result in the application being disqualified. The Statement of Intent must be included within the single Adobe PDF document in the correct order as outlined in Section B of the Application and Submission Information.
This statement should not be a research proposal or scientific abstract. This statement will be used to evaluate you as an individual, not necessarily as a scientist, your motivation for applying for this scholarship, and your reflection on how to communicate and educate the public about your research. This statement should demonstrate your organizational and written communication skills.
Failure to submit a Statement of Intent as indicated above will result in the application being disqualified.
The Nancy Foster Scholarship Program is designed to support students interested in NOAA mission related sciences of oceanography, marine biology or maritime archaeology (including all science, engineering, and resource management of ocean and coastal areas).
Nancy Foster Scholars fulfill the data sharing information plan requirement of section VI.C. by including the completed, signed declaration required in section IV.B.9. of this FFO.
In your proposal, please include the following information:
Discuss the research area you plan to pursue in graduate school and its relationship to sciences in the aforementioned research priorities, and how your research activities support NOAA's mission, particularly the mission of the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. Information about NOAA is available at www.noaa.gov and in particular, the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries at http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov, and the ONMS Science Needs Assessment at http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/science/assessment.
Please make sure that your research goals and path are clearly defined and can be completed within the period of the scholarship and that the proposal is constructed well and you clearly demonstrate your technical knowledge of the research area. Failure to submit a Research Proposal as indicated above will result in the application being disqualified.
The research proposal should be typewritten, single-spaced, font size 12 Times New Roman, with a 1" margin and should not exceed 3 pages in length. Page limits are inclusive of figures, and other visual materials, but are exclusive of references. Proposals longer than three pages will not be accepted and will result in the application being disqualified. Failure to submit a research proposal as indicated above will result in the application being disqualified. The Research Proposal must be included within the single Adobe PDF document in the correct order as outlined in Section B of the Application and Submission Information.
STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL NEED
To evaluate financial need, NOAA will use the Department of Education's Expected Family Contribution (EFC) determination. To receive an EFC determination, applicants must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the Department of Education. See http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. In response to the FAFSA, the Department of Education will provide the applicant with a Student Aid Report (SAR), which will contain the EFC determination. The previous year's SAR is acceptable for this requirement. A copy of the first page of the SAR which includes the EFC and the applicants name must be submitted. In addition a 1 page, single spaced essay describing your financial need must be submitted with the application.
In your essay describing your financial need, discuss how you plan to fund your graduate level education and what the impact will be if you do not receive this scholarship. Also, list the following in the order stated:
Statements longer than one page, font size 12 Times New Roman, with 1" margins, will not be accepted and will result in the application being disqualified. The Statement of Financial Need must be included within the single Adobe PDF document in the correct order as outlined in Section B of the Application and Submission Information.
ENROLLMENT VERIFICATION OR LIST OF GRADUATE SCHOOLS APPLIED
For current graduate students, transcripts showing courses in which you are currently enrolled can be used as enrollment verification. If an applicant is not currently enrolled but are applying to graduate schools they must submit a "List of Graduate Schools applied to" including the month and year graduate studies will begin, and any acceptance letters received at the time of application, with their application. Individuals selected to receive the Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship award must provide proof of acceptance into a graduate program at a U.S. accredited institution at the time of notification or the individual will be ineligible to receive the award. The Enrollment Verification or "List of Graduate Schools applied to" must be included within the single Adobe PDF document in the correct order as outlined in Section B of the Application and Submission Information. Failure to include the Enrollment Verification or "List of Graduate Schools applied to" as applicable, specifically as indicated above will result in the application being disqualified. Applicants selected to receive the Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship will be required to submit a certification of enrollment at the start of each academic term.
Each application package must include the items listed in the Application and Submission Information section. Failure to submit all items, excluding the SF 424 which can be uploaded individually, in a single Adobe PDF document as described in the Application and Submission Information section and in the above outlined order or if any item is omitted will disqualify the application from consideration. Individual documents uploaded to Grants.gov will not be accepted and the applicant will be disqualified.
While this website provides assistance on the application and submission process the FFO contains the official instructions for applying to the scholarship.
Questions from the NOAA NEPA questionnaire are not required to be answered since the program has been determined to be exempt from NEPA review.
Access the application checklist by clicking here.
Completed applications must be received by Grants.gov or the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries by December 12, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, or postmarked by December 12, 2013 and sent to the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. Applications received after the due date will not be reviewed or considered and will be disqualified. Applicants may submit applications via Grants.gov or in paper hard copies. Date and time of receipt of each application sent via Grants.gov is electronically recorded. For hard copy submission, each envelope is time and date stamped when received. In order for an application to be considered "Complete" all items required in subsection IV.B. "Content and Form of Application" must be received by Grants.gov or postmarked by the submission date. If you choose to mail your full application we suggest using a service that can guarantee confirmation of delivery.
PLEASE NOTE: For detailed information about registering as an individual and applying in the Grants.gov system, please review the following document: http://www/grants.gov/assets/IndvUserGuide.pdf. All applicants, both those using electronic and paper, should be aware that adequate time must be factored into applicant submission timelines for delivery of the application. It may take Grants.gov up to two (2) business days to validate or reject the application. You will receive an official notice from Grants.gov if you have uploaded your application correctly. It is not the responsibility of the Program Office to verify receipt of any application.
Contact the Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program via e-mail: email@example.com. Please realize that questions received to this email in the days before the due date may not be answered promptly due to the large volume of emails received.(top)
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) mission is to describe and predict changes in the Earth's environment, and conserve and manage wisely the Nation's coastal and marine resources to ensure sustainable economic opportunities. As the largest agency in the U.S. Department of Commerce, NOAA manages the U.S. operational weather and environmental satellites, a fleet of ships and aircraft for oceanographic, surveying, fisheries, coastal, and atmospheric studies, 12 environmental research laboratories, and several large supercomputers. NOAA is responsible for all U.S. weather and climate forecasting, monitoring and archiving of oceanic and atmospheric data, management of marine fisheries and mammals, mapping and charting of all U.S. waters, coastal zone management, and research and development in all of these areas. Essentially, NOAA is divided into six Line Offices: National Ocean Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, National Weather Service, National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service, and Program Planning and Integration. NOAA also has multiple corporate and staff offices. With employees in every U.S. state, at sea, and at many overseas locations, NOAA employs more than 12,500 people.
The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries conducts, sponsors, and facilitates research to better understand ecosystems and cultural resources in marine sanctuaries, their changing condition, and the significance of threats. ONMS uses conservation science to support policy decisions, develop effective response capabilities, evaluate management practices, and support broader, NOAA-wide responsibilities for marine conservation and management. Science priorities are identified within national sanctuary management plans and are necessary to protect and conserve sanctuary resources, manage risks, reduce threats, and respond to unexpected events. Strong partnerships, expert scientific content and judgment, and peer review enhance the accuracy and credibility of monitoring and research. In addition, science, education, outreach, and policy development work together to raise awareness and prompt effective action that will address ocean problems. More information on the ONMS can be found at http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov.
Revised on December 21, 2011 by FosterScholars Web Team