Awards and Grants

Arizona/New Mexico Chapter

Miles McInnis Memorial Award – a joint scholarship provided by the chapter and Aquatic Consultants, Inc. Awarded to 2 students ( 1 undergraduate and 1 graduate) that are members of the chapter. Applications are currently are being solicited and are due December 15, 2014. Miles McInnis Award

Congratulations to Hannah Moore and Hunter Falco, our 2015 Miles McInnis Award Recipients!



Western Division

EUGENE MAUGHAN GRADUATE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP. The Western Division is pleased to announce that applications for its graduate-level student scholarships are now being solicited.  This scholarship program provides up to $5,000 annually in scholarships to masters or doctoral students in the general area of fisheries science with one to three awards to individual students.  Beginning in 2002, the Sustainable Fisheries Foundation established the William Trachtenberg Memorial Scholarship Fund, which augments the Western Division scholarship program.  This fund provides up to $600 annually to a graduate-level student conducting studies on fisheries sustainability.  Applications for the Western Division scholarship program will automatically be considered for the Sustainable Fisheries Foundation scholarship program as well.  An award committee of five fisheries scientists from the Western Division will make the decision regarding the award of scholarships from both programs.  Scholarship Application Procedure 2015

Deadline: May 1, 2015

2014 western division scholarship information here

2014 student travel award information for the Western Division Annual Meeting here


Parent Society

AFS Outstanding Student Presentation Award and AFS Outstanding Student Poster Award. Deadline: March 13, 2015


John E. Skinner Memorial Fund Award – Education Section – provides monetary travel awards for deserving graduate and exceptional undergraduate student to attend the Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society. AFS-Skinner-Application-Form-Part-I-2015 AFS-Skinner-Application-Form-Part-II-2015 Due Date March 31, 2015

Student Writing Contest – recognizes students for excellence in the communication of fisheries research to the general public. Submit a 500 – 700 word article explaining their own research or a research project in their lab or school. Due Date April 1, 2015

Young Professional Travel Award 2015 – Education Section – Up to $1,000 in support to attend the Annual Meeting for a recently graduated young professional who has made substantial contributions to the field.

Undergraduate Travel Assistance Award – Education Section – Award provides $500 to support meeting registration and housing costs for undergraduates attending the Annual Meeting.

Native Peoples Student Travel Award – Equal Opportunities Section -up to $2000 to Native American undergraduate students.

Student Travel Award – Equal Opportunities Section – $500 travel grant to undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented groups, including women and minorities.

J Francis Allen Scholarship – Equal Opportunities Section – awarded to a female AFS Member and doctoral candidate who is conducting aquatic research. Due Date April 1, 2015

Steven Berkeley Marine Conservation Fellowship – Marine Fisheries Section – a $10,000 award to a graduate student actively engaged in thesis research relevant to marine conservation. Due Date Feb 1, 2015

Sally Leonard Richardson Award– Early Life History Section

John H.S Blaxter Award– Early Life History Section

James Wright Student Travel Award – Genetics Section

2015 Student Travel Award – Estuaries Section

Student Poster Awards – Fisheries Information and Technology Section

Carl R Sullivan International Endowment Fund – International Fisheries Section

IFS Student Travel Award – Introduced Fish Section

A. Stephen Weithman Student Paper Award – Socioeconomics Section

Ned Taft Student Travel Award – Bioengineering Section

Distinguished Project in Fisheries Engineering and Ecohydrology Award– Bioengineering Section


NOTE: All of these are awards found within the American Fisheries Society websites. If something has not been updated for the current year – continue searching, or email the relevant contact for that Chapter, Section, or Division. This is not a list of all possibilities, some awards come and go every year. Resources are out there to help you travel to a meeting or continue your fisheries studies, you may just have to put in a little effort to find them!


Great Plains Scholarship. Deadline February 5, 2016


In 2016, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will partner with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) to administer the FWS Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows Program (DFP) for students and recent graduates interested in a conservation career.  FWS will be providing the fellowship opportunities for undergraduate (rising seniors) and graduate students who are enrolled or are accepted for enrollment in a 4 year or higher degree program; and recent graduates who have completed a 4 year or higher degree program no earlier than December 2014.

Applicants must apply for the initial SCA screening by 1/31/2016. The date may or may not be extended.

Application Steps:

  1. Complete an Internship/Corps Application online at org. NOTE: Please add the promo code PO-00693623 to your application to ensure your application is submitted for the DFP Program.
  2. Attach a resume and copy of your college transcripts (unofficial is acceptable), and two Letters of Recommendation if available, to your SCA application.
  3. The SCA application fee will be waived by contacting SCA recruiters at recruiting@thesca.orgor 603.543.1700 x1499 or if you have any questions.
  4. For more information, visit org/serve/program/fws-directorate-fellows.
  5. You will be notified by SCA of the next steps if you meet the minimum eligibility for the FWS DFP program.

The individual DFP project descriptions will be available soon for you to view and apply for after you meet the initial SCA screening.  

Fellowship details:

  • Launch your career working with professionals during a rigorous fellowship at the FWS.
  • Get off to a good start during an orientation with other DFP Fellows and mentors
  • Fellowships are located at FWS facilities across the US.
  • Focus areas include biological sciences, natural resources, and refuge management.


  • Housing in select areas/locations.
  • Living allowance – paid bi-weekly.
  • Travel allowance.
  • Orientation at the FWS National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV.
  • Hand-on experience.
  • Fellows may be eligible for a permanent position in the FWS after successfully completing their fellowship and/or degree requirements.


  • US citizen or permanent resident.
  • Must be 18 years of age.
  • Males born after December 31, 1959, and are at least 18 years of age, must register with the Selective Service System, unless they meet certain


  • Students who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an undergraduate (rising seniors) or graduate degree program; and recent graduates who have completed a 4 year or higher degree program no earlier than December 2014.  GPA must be 3.0 or higher for undergraduates, graduates and recent graduates.
  • Available for 12 weeks beginning in mid-May or mid-June 2016.
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check.
  • Demonstrated interest or experience in the conservation field.

For additional information contact a regional FWS Workforce Recruiter at:

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement

Federal agencies must provide a reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and/or hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.



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