Scholarships Need-based
U.S. government

The Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program

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Multiple disciplines
Various benefits
United States
Not specified
Application deadline


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Scholarship type

Need based

Number of scholarships to award




Scholarship coverage

  • tuition fee reduction


The Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program is dedicated to ensuring that diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the core of every action and every decision. We know that having varied perspectives helps generate better ideas to solve the complex problems of a changing world. To be effective stewards we must ensure our programs reflect the communities in which we live, work, and play. The longevity and success of our system depends on creating a culture that is welcoming and inclusive of all.

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The benefits and monetary value of the scholarship are unknown.


In order to have a competitive application for the Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program, you need to demonstrate academic excellence and financial need. It is recommended that you review the following bullets to assess whether or not you should apply for this scholarship.

  • Your research proposal aligns closely with NOAA's mission, with particular emphasis on meeting the science priorities of the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. This is worth up to 30 points of your application score.
  • Your financial need statement documents a strong financial need due to challenges, hardships, or other information through a compelling personal narrative. This is worth up to 25 points of your application score.
  • You have exceptional letters of recommendation. This is worth up to 10 points of your application score.
  • Historically, proposals that do not support the science or education priorities of NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary System do not rank as high.
  • If you are in the last year of your Masters or Ph.D. program, it is not advised to apply for this scholarship.

Particularly encourages Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and women to apply.

Scholarship requirements


Multiple disciplines


United States



Study experience required





Application deadline

Not specified

All applications MUST be submitted on

Submitting a paper application is only acceptable for the following reasons:

1) is unable to accept applications electronically in a timely fashion;

2) if the applicant does not have access to the internet; or

3) if the person providing the letter of recommendation does not wish for the applicant to see the contents of the letter.

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