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The call for applications for the 2022 Graduate Student Research Awards is now open as of December 8th, 2021.  NPRB will award a minimum of six Graduate Student Research Awards (GSRAs) of $26,000 each to qualified applicants.

2022 GSRA Announcement

The Graduate Student Research Awards call is now open as of December 8th, 2021. The deadline for proposal submission is Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at 4pm AKST. Applicants are notified of funding decisions in late May 2022.

GSRA Resources

Applicants must have a graduate research topic relevant to the research themes and issues identified in the 2018 NPRB Science Plan. To learn more about the suite of different research projects NPRB has funded through the Core Program, visit our Project Search.

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Important Info

Special Section: Community & Stakeholder Relevance

Applicants are required to indicate how relevant Alaskan coastal communities may be impacted by and/or benefit from project results.

Special Section: Management or Ecosystem Implications

Applicants are required to describe how their research would address pressing fishery management or ecosystem information needs.

Contact Information

Applicants must identify a Primary Advisor and two References. Applicants are required to submit a CV to be uploaded in .doc or .pdf format. Reference letters are also required from the Primary Advisor and an additional relevant party. Each Reference identified will be issued a private link for the upload of their letters. Letters must be uploaded by the deadline. Applications without support letters will not be considered.

Award Conditions

By the end of your degree program, give a talk at a school or to a public audience.

By the end of your degree program, share the research via an oral or poster presentation at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium. NPRB will reimburse the costs of this travel in addition to the base award.

Provide NPRB with a .pdf copy of the completed thesis and any resulting publications.

Acknowledge the NPRB Graduate Student Research Award in the student thesis, research presentations and publications. The awardee should contact NPRB for a publication number during the proof stage of any publications resulting from this work.

Ensure that contact information is updated as necessary to allow for follow-up with awardees to determine metrics such as graduation success.

Review Process

1 Science Panel Review

Applications are reviewed by two members of the NPRB Science Panel, with reviews focused on the demonstrated ability of the student and scientific merit of the proposal. Transcripts, CVs, and support letters will be evaluated.

2 Advisory Panel Review

The Advisory Panel will add recommendations to the top ranked-applicants based on their community involvement, noting those that have specific stakeholder relevance or timeliness.

3Board Review

The NPRB Board will make the final selection of 2022 Awardees. Their deliberations will take into consideration the recommendations of both the Science and Advisory Panels.


NPRB staff will notify applicants that submitted complete packages of their status in late May via email. Science Panel reviews will be included in the notification.

Clear hypotheses, achievable timelines and goals, and understanding of the topic are of importance. Relevance to the NPRB Science Plan should be highlighted. These criteria are each rated on a scale of poor, fair, good, very good, and excellent.

In the event of a tie, the Board may give preference to those addressing pressing fisheries management needs, ecosystem information needs, other projects on a similar topic, overlap with existing research, or Alaska high school graduates.