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Graduate Research & Training Scholarship Program

Andrea working on coral experiment in the lab at NOAA CREST.
Andrea working on coral experiment in the lab at NOAA CREST. (NOAA CREST)

The NOAA Graduate Research and Training Scholarship Program (GRTSP) leveraged the initial investment made by the agency in the NOAA EPP/MSI Cooperative Science Centers (CSC). GRTSP helped establish a pipeline of well trained and educated individuals who attend Minority Serving Institutions and earn degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines that support NOAA’s mission.

Graduate Research & Training Scholars


Graduate Sciences Program

On December 27, 2010, Executive Order (EO) 13562 entitled "Recruiting and Hiring Students and Recent Graduates" was signed by the President. This order established a comprehensive structure to enable more competitiveness in recruiting and hiring talented individuals who are in school or who have recently received a degree. As a result of this EO, NOAA is no longer able to support or administer the Graduate Sciences Program.

The Executive Order directs the Office of Personnel Management to consolidate student and recent graduate programs into the Pathways Program framework which has three program paths that are tailored to recruit, train, and retain well-qualified candidates. The three Pathways Programs are the: Internship Program, Recent Graduates Program, and Presidential Management Fellows Program. For additional information on the Pathways Program please see Executive Order 13562.

Over 12 years, NOAA GSP appointed students under Schedule B, 5 CFR § 213.3202, of the Student Educational Employment Program. The type of appointment was to the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP), which allowed NOAA to convert a trainee who completed their graduate degree requirements to a position in the competitive service. As a result of Executive Order 13562, SCEP was eliminated in July 2012.


Environmental Entrepreneurship Program

The Environmental Entrepreneurship Program (EEP) was last funded in 2005. EEP provided funding to eligible Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) on a competitive basis to provide students with training in the application of NOAA mission sciences to foster economic development opportunities. EEP brought together resources from MSIs; various NOAA offices; the academic community, government and the business community to help prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary to utilize environmental tools and technological resources.

Successful MSIs trained students with the entrepreneurial, economic and technical skills necessary to foster environmentally sustainable and economically viable local communities.