Postdoctoral Scholars

Gulf Research Program Science Policy Fellowship

The Gulf Research Program’s Science Policy Fellowship program helps scientists hone their skills by putting them to practice for the benefit of Gulf Coast communities and ecosystems. Fellows gain first-hand experience as they spend one year on the staff of federal, state, local, or non-governmental environmental, natural resource, oil and gas, and public health agencies in the Gulf of Mexico region.

Stipend: Fellows who have completed an MA, MS, or MPH/MSPH degree or who are currently enrolled in a doctoral program will receive an annual stipend of $58,000. Fellows who have completed a PhD, ScD, EngD, MD, DrPH, or DVM will receive an annual stipend of $63,000.  

In addition to the stipend, each fellow will receive an annual health allowance of $5,500, which will be added to the stipend package. Relocation expenses up to $1,500. 

Where: Gulf of Mexico region

Length: 1-2 years (varies)


  • Be currently enrolled in a doctoral program or hold an eligible degree, including an MA/MS, MPH/MSPH, PhD, ScD, EngD, MD, DrPH, or DVM. For applicants not currently enrolled in a doctoral program, eligible degrees must be completed by August 15, 2024, and conferred by December 31, 2024. Applicants currently enrolled in a doctoral program must take a leave of absence for the duration of the fellowship.

  • Come from an area of research – including social and behavioral sciences, health sciences and medicine, engineering and physical sciences, earth and life sciences, and interdisciplinary scientific fields – relevant to the mission of the Gulf Research Program which is to develop, translate, and apply science, engineering, and medical knowledge to enhance offshore energy safety, environmental protection and stewardship, and human health and community resilience in the Gulf region in ways that empower its citizens.

  • U.S. citizen

  • Not currently employed by the U.S. Federal Government. Full-time, paid, permanent Federal employees are not eligible for the fellowship.

Applications due:  Opens in November and closes February (annually).