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MSI offers scholarships, awards, and internships for undergraduate students. Check back often for upcoming opportunities.

Marine Studies Initiative Student Awards

The Marine Studies Initiative (MSI) is pleased to announce new Marine Studies Initiative Student Awards. These awards recognize and reward OSU undergraduate students who demonstrate outstanding scholarship and pursuits consistent with the transdisciplinary, collaborative, experiential learning and outreach vision and mission of MSI. We anticipate MSI Student Awards to be an annual opportunity continuing in future years, the amount dependent upon fund availability and thanks to generous donor support. To advance understanding of the complex social, cultural, historical, and economic nature of the marine environment, preference will be given to students studying these human dimensions of the coasts and ocean.

These Marine Studies Awards may be used to further the student’s marine-related academic pursuits and experiences. Awards can cover expenses related to a student's undergraduate transdisciplinary endeavors, such as specific travel costs to professional meetings, research experiences, courses, internships, other experiential experiences directly related to academic pursuits--e.g., cost of airfare, mileage reimbursements, and field housing; books and supplies purchases; and memberships to online academic software. MSI Student Awards will be up to $500 per award. Awards will be distributed in one of two ways, depending on the nature of the awarded request:  (a) funds moved into student's OSU account, or (b) MSI Office directly pays for travel, books, supplies, etc.

2021 Marine Studies Initiative Student Awardees

Kristen Alvstad

Support travel expenses to the South Africa Shark Conservancy internship in Fall 2021.

Lily Rice 

"In Fall 2021, I hope to work with the REEF Environmental Education Foundation located in Florida, holding outreach events, educating the public, promoting marine conservation, and working with other non-profit organizations."

Malouf Marine Studies Scholarship

Graduate scholarship supports marine-science studies

The Malouf Scholarship is awarded to support graduate students who combine societally relevant research with education or public engagement. There are no restrictions on the discipline, which may include, but is not limited to: biological, geological, physical and chemical sciences; marine resource management and policy; legal studies; marine resource economics; social sciences; engineering; geology; education or public health. Oregon Sea Grant awards two Malouf Scholarships annually to one master’s or professional student and to one PhD student.

Applications for the 2021 OSG Malouf Scholarship are due July 23, 2021 by 5:00PM (Pacific).

2021 OSG Spring/Summer Fellowship Informational webinar occurred on June 11 at 10:00AM (Pacific).

View the 2020 OSG Spring/Summer Fellowships informational webinar and the slides (PDF) are available.


The award amount is not to exceed $10,800, and is disbursed in 12 monthly payments of $900. The scholarship is for one year and is not renewable. The scholarship may be used for tuition, supplies, research, travel for field work, attendance at professional and academic meetings, or general living expenses. How funds are used is at the discretion of the recipient.

The Robert E. Malouf Marine Studies Scholarship is for graduate students enrolled in a master's/professional or PhD program in any discipline at any college or university physically located in Oregon. Master's/professional degree students must be in the first year, or just beginning the second year, of their degree program at the time of award. PhD students can be in the first, second, or just beginning the third year of their degree program at the time of award.

The 2021 Malouf Marine Studies Scholarship Request for Applications (RFA) provides additional details.


Oregon Sea Grant uses eSeaGrant for fellowship application submissions. To access eSeaGrant, send an email to [email protected] declaring your interest in applying. Please include the name of the fellowship you wish to apply for in the subject line. An eSeaGrant account will then be created for you. All components of your application, including letters of recommendation, will be submitted through eSeaGrant. Stating your interest does not obligate you to apply. We are here to provide assistance as needed; however, please do not wait until the last minute to apply.


July 23, 2021 by 5:00PM (Pacific)

Excellence, Diversity, & Achievement


The Marine Studies Initiative recognizes student excellence, diversity, and achievement through an array of scholarship and award opportunities. Our goal is to increase opportunities for students to gain access to the ocean and coasts.

Awards, Scholarships, & other Opportunities

Awards & Scholarships Archive HERE

Marine Studies Initiative Awards HERE

Hatfield Marine Science Center Funding and Scholarship Opportunities HERE

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science Awards and Scholarships HERE

College of Science Awards and Scholarships HERE

College of Agriculture Sciences Scholarships HERE

Oregon State University Scholarships HERE