This highly selective doctoral studies fellowship is open to recent graduates with a bachelor or master of science degree. The fellowship will support an exceptional student with full tuition, competitive stipend, fringe benefits, and subsidized residential housing for five years. The successful candidate will engage in a selective course of study at the University of Texas at Austin in the first program year and thereafter engage in the intellectual life of the Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, Texas. The candidate will have the freedom to pursue studies of their choosing with any UTMSI faculty member. Areas of study include but are not limited to fish ecology and physiology, environmental toxicology, biogeochemistry, chemical oceanography, microbial ecology and metagenomics, phytoplankton ecology and metagenomics, zooplankton ecology, and marine ecology. The successful candidate will select a UTMSI faculty advisor and a four-member advisory committee to guide their studies. As a part of training, the candidate will be encouraged to develop and compete for extramural grant support for years four and five of the fellowship program. Students interested in applying should contact UTMSI faculty members to explore potential mentors and fields of study.
The institute offers close proximity to estuarine, inshore and offshore habitats of the Gulf of Mexico, as well as excellent shoreside facilities for experimental work. Our infrastructure includes state-of-the-art research laboratories, full-service core analytical facilities, offices and meeting spaces, residential housing, the Estuarine Research Center and 185,708-acre NOAA Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve. New and renovated facilities completed or underway include marina, research pier, public Marine Science Education Center and the new Center for Coastal Ocean Science for marine environmental science. The marine science faculty engages in world-class research spanning the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic and Antarctic Oceans. The Institute also supports outstanding public education and outreach programs promoting scientific literacy and dissemination of research.
The University of Texas Marine Science Institute is interested in applicants who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. We encourage applications from students that are traditionally underrepresented in STEM disciplines. To apply, submit a letter of interest (no longer than 1 page and should detail career goals and research interests), curriculum vitae, GRE/TOEFL scores and three letters of recommendation (one of the reference letters must be from a prospective advisor at the Marine Science Institute) through Interfolio. Review of applications will begin January 15, 2020.