ATTENTION APPLICANTS: Please note that the incorrect application package was posted to the Grants.gov website for the Nancy Foster Scholarship program. If you downloaded an application package before October 27th, please delete this application package and download a new application package from Grants.gov.
The application period for the 2017 Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program is open until December 9, 2016 at 5:00 pm Eastern Time. Download the Federal Funding Announcement (FFO) now for details.
Each year a Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) is published in the Federal Register announcing the federal funding opportunity for the Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program. 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.
Application packages are available through Grants.gov. Grants.gov requires applicants to register with the system prior to submitting an application. This registration process can take several weeks and involves multiple steps. In order to allow sufficient time for this process, applicants should register as soon as they decide they intend to apply, even if they are not yet ready to submit their applications. For more information about getting started as an applicant with Grants.gov, visit the frequently asked questions page.
All applicants should also be aware that adequate time must be factored into schedules for delivery of the application. It may take Grants.gov up to two (2) business days to validate or reject the application. Please keep this in mind in developing your submission timeline. Electronic applicants are advised that volume on Grants.gov can be extremely heavy resulting in further delays. If Grants.gov is unable to accept applications electronically in a timely fashion, applicants are encouraged to exercise their option to submit their application in paper format by the due date outlined in this Full Funding Opportunity.
Paper applications are available and will be accepted only from those individuals who do not have access to the Internet. Paper applications and other information in hard copy may be requested from:Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program
Each application package must be included within the single Adobe PDF document in the correct order as outlined in the official Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO). Failure to submit any items as described in the FFO will disqualify the application from consideration. All detailed information is included in the FFO, yet a summary of what is required to be considered a complete application package is briefly listed below. The FFO contains the official instructions for applying to the Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program.
The application period for the 2016 Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship is now closed. The 2016 Dr. Nancy Foster Scholars will be announced on May 27, 2016. Applications for the 2017 Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship will be open in October 2016.
The Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program is administered through the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and subject to appropriations. It is funded annually with 1% of the amount appropriated each fiscal year to the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries to carry out the National Marine Sanctuaries Act.
October 5, 2015 – Application Process Opens
December 10, 2015 – Application Process Closes
May 27, 2016 – Scholarships Announced
June 1, 2016 – Scholarship Funds Available
June/July – Mandatory Dr. Nancy Foster Scholars Orientation Retreat
Paper applications should be sent by the deadline listed above to the address below:
Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program
NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
1305 East-West Highway, 11th Floor Rm 11423
Silver Spring, MD 20910
This checklist is provided to assist applicants in completing the Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program application. Download the checklist.
___ Standard Form 424 (SF-424).
NOTE: Item number 21 on the SF-424 cannot be used as a replacement for the declaration statement required in Item 10 below. The SF-424 must be uploaded to Grants.gov separately than the items outlined below.___Table of Contents on a single page, please list the items and page numbers of the required information
To strengthen this section of your application, please provide one letter of support from a community organization or group with which you would partner or collaborate to communicate your research.___I have provided Transcripts showing all complete years of academic training, including training in progress. These transcripts reflect a current GPA of 3.3 or higher.