For a female doctoral fisheries student.


Vivian Nguyen accepts the 2015 J Frances Allen Scholarship Award from AFS Past President Donna Parrish.

The American Fisheries Society (AFS) is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted until April 1, 2016, for the J Frances Allen Scholarship for a female doctoral fisheries student. The J Frances Allen Scholarship was established in 1986 to honor Allen, who pioneered women’s involvement in the AFS and in the field of fisheries. The scholarship fund was established with the intent of encouraging women to become fisheries professionals. The qualified applicant must be a female PhD student conducting aquatic research in line with AFS objectives and be an AFS member as of December 31, 2016.

The award recipient will receive a $2,500 scholarship and there are no restrictions on  the use of the funds.


Jennifer Marsh accepts the 2015 J Frances Allen Scholarship Runner-Up Award from AFS Past President Donna Parrish

Eligibility: The qualified applicant must be a female PhD student who was an AFS member as of December 31, 2016. The applicant must be conducting aquatic research in line with AFS objectives, which include “all branches of fisheries science, including but not limited to aquatic biology, engineering, fish culture, limnology, oceanography, and sociology”. Typically, this award is given to a student who has completed preliminary exams.


Application: To apply, submit items A through D:
A) Resume with information in the following format:
» Educational history: degrees, grade point average for each degree (overall and in major), relevant courses taken
» Professional experience: positions held, levels of position, years of experience at each level
» Publications: separated into refereed and other
» Presentations: “first author” implies you presented it, “second author” assumes you did not, specify if otherwise
» AFS participation: year joined, meeting attendance and participation, committee involvement, presentations at AFS meetings
B) Transcripts from all institutions of higher education: include enrollment in PhD program. Please include transcripts with your application, do not have them sent separately. You may scan an official transcript as long as it is of high quality.
C) Dissertation research proposal: do not exceed 4 single spaced pages (excluding title page, abstract, and references). The proposal must be submitted in the following single-spaced format with headings:
» Title page: with project title, area of research (genetics, modeling, ecology, etc.), applicants name and affiliation
» Abstract: not to exceed one-half page, describing research proposed
» Introduction: Including project justification and background
» Specific objectives and hypotheses if appropriate
» Summary of procedures/methods: justification for choices including preliminary testing and references
» Expected and preliminary results
» Significance of research: include anticipated application of findings
» Literature cited: follow Transactions of the American Fisheries Society format
D) Three letters of recommendation: One must be from the applicant’s major advisor and one must be from an AFS member. Each letter should address 1) the applicants promise as a fisheries scientist, 2) the potential of the applicant to complete their proposed work and 3) significance of the applicants proposed research to the advancement of fisheries science. If those writing letters prefer- they may email letters separately to the address below, but they must be received by the deadline and should contain the applicants name along with J F. Allen Scholarship in the subject heading. Please include in the nomination letter, the nominee’s title and full contact information (i.e. address, e-mail, phone, etc.) to complete the package.
Please contact the Committee Chair if you have any questions. Send electronic applications and recommendations (preferably in one mailing), to be received until April 1, 2017, to:
Contact: Jen Marsh , Committee Chair
Email: jmmarsh@alaska.edu
Subject: J Frances Allen Scholarship
An application will not be reviewed if any part is missing or it is received after the deadline.
Criteria for selection: Selection will be made by the J Frances Allen Scholarship Committee of the AFS Equal Opportunity Section. Proposal reviews by scientists in appropriate fields will be solicited by the committee. Awardee will be selected on a competitive basis with an emphasis placed on research promise, scientific merit, and academic achievement. Submission of an application acknowledges the applicant’s acceptance of the Committee’s decision as final.
Public Announcement and Notification: Public announcement of the recipient will be made at the 2016 AFS Annual Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri. In addition a written announcement will appear in Fisheries and the recipient will receive an official letter of award. The recipient is encouraged to present the results of their research at an Annual Meeting of AFS. It is expected that the research findings will be published in an appropriate fisheries journal upon project completion, at which time the support from this scholarship and AFS will be acknowledged.