Program Guidelines

Award Details

The award consists of $35,000 and can be used towards:

  • The Fellow’s academic year and summer stipend.

Examples of charges NOT considered legitimate include:

  • Tuition – it is expected that the Fellow’s institution will waive or assume tuition charges.
  • Summer salary or other compensation for the research advisor.
  • Pooled or overhead costs, and salary for support staff (e.g. secretarial or clerical help).


  • The applicant must be working toward a Ph.D. in an academic institution. (Please note: the applicant must have already been accepted into a Ph.D. program.)
  • No limitations are placed on citizenship.
  • Fellowships are only tenable at U.S. and Canadian Universities.
  • Fellows must be enrolled on a full-time basis for the duration of the award.

Application Evaluation Information

Applications will be evaluated by a panel of experts in the fields of ocean engineering and ocean instrumentation. The main criteria for evaluation include:

  1. The project – Is it innovative? Is it technically sound?
  2. The candidate – Important criteria include intellectual ability and achievement, evidence of creativity and initiative, and potential for a career that will impact ocean engineering and instrumentation.

Preference will be given to candidates who have a well-defined thesis direction, but who still have enough remaining time to work toward their Ph.D. such that the receipt of a Link Foundation Fellowship could make a difference.