Maritime Systems Doctoral Fellowship

The Maritime Security Doctoral Fellowship is a three-year fellowship for high-potential, academically talented students interested in conducting cutting edge research and advanced academic study in the fields of Maritime and Homeland Security. The research-oriented fellowship program provides full tuition support, a monthly stipend and other paid fees for individuals of superior caliber who will make original contributions to the theory and practice in the field of Maritime Security.  The three-year accelerated Doctoral Fellowship is supported through funding by a Department of Homeland Security Career Development Grant (CDG).

The mission of the Fellowship program is to provide a strong foundation for solving critical national and global challenges in the maritime domain and Marine Transportation System (MTS) through the use of state-of-the-art technologies and scientific approaches.  

The recipient of the Fellowship award, will receive a PhD in Ocean Engineering.   To learn more about Stevens Ocean Engineering degree requirements, please visit the following weblink:

Program Objectives: It is the objective of Stevens Charles V. Schaefer Jr. School of Engineering and Science (SES), in which the fellowship will be hosted to educate the next generation of technology leaders who will have positive impact on U.S. and global Maritime and Homeland Security challenges through research and development of new maritime security technology applications, strategies for maritime resilience, and improved methods for emergency planning, preparedness, and response.  
Doctoral Study and Areas for Research

The candidate awarded the Maritime Security Doctoral Fellowship may pursue doctoral research from a wide range of areas related to homeland security.  Some of these include, but are not limited to:

  • Advancing technologies for the detection and mitigation of maritime threats, including active and passive acoustics, electro-optics, including infrared and visible light sensing, marine and HF radar, etc.
  • Techniques for exploring synergies among sensing technologies to improve detection, minimize false alarms, and improve resource efficiency
  • Mathematical techniques for categorizing threat types by analyzing their signatures, e.g. determining water-borne vessel classes from acoustic signatures
  • Methodologies for recovery from supply chain disruptions due to natural and man-made causes
  • Oceanographic and meteorological modeling to mitigate effects of airborne and waterborne dispersions due to disasters

Admission Criteria: Students applying for the Maritime Security Doctoral Fellowship must be U.S. Citizens. The Fellowship admission review process will be based on a committee review and assessment of the candidate?s scholastic record, Master?s thesis (if available), professional accomplishments and fit between his/her research objectives and those of Stevens Maritime Systems faculty.  The recipient of the Doctoral Fellowship award must be recognized to have the potential to advance the state of knowledge in the field of Maritime and Homeland Security.  
Admission into the Doctoral Fellowship program requires that the candidate meet the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Have completed an undergraduate and Master?s level degree in Engineering and/or Science from an accredited U.S. university or college.
  • Have a 3.5 GPA or better at the Master's level.

As part of the admission review process, prospective candidates must submit:

  • A completed Stevens online Doctoral Fellowship Application Form.
  • Copies of all official college transcripts (Undergraduate and Master?s degrees).
  • GRE Scores
  • Statement of Purpose (five pages, single spaced) describing the candidate?s research interests and his/her maritime homeland security career objectives.
  • Three letters of recommendation from current professors, academic advisors, and/or employers.

Admission: Completed applications will be reviewed on a rolling admission basis.  

Contact: Interested candidates should contact Beth Austin DeFares, Director of Education, CSR, via email at [email protected] or by phone at 201.216.5362.

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