AFS International Fisheries Section Award

The International Fisheries Section (IFS) and the Education Section of the American Fisheries Society (AFS) support an exchange program with the Fisheries Society of the British Isles (FSBI). Each year a student or young professional member of each Society is selected as a Fellow, and provided expenses to attend and present at the annual meetings of the FSBI and AFS.

2020 AFS International Fisheries Section Fellow Awardee

Congratulations to our 2020 AFS-IFS Fellow Chris Schwinghamer! Chris will represent IFS/AFS at the 2021 FSBI Annual Symposium at KU Leuven, Belgium.

The 2020 FSBI Annual Symposium on Fish in a Dynamic World has been rescheduled for 2022 in response to the ever-increasing global impact of COVID-19.




2020 Fellow Award Application Information


Applications for the 2020 IFS Fellow Program are due 11:59pm (PST) March 13, 2020.

To apply, please submit the following information as a single PDF document to the IFS Fellow Program Committee Chair, Mary Fisher (, and Deputy Committee Chair, Thiago Sanches (, by 11:59pm (PST) on March 13, 2020:

  • Letter of interest; please include a description of how you will benefit from attending the FSBI Annual Symposium, and information about your involvement in the American Fisheries Society.
  • Proposed FSBI presentation title and abstract; you are still eligible for this award even if you did not separately submit your abstract for the FSBI Annual Symposium through the FSBI website.
  • Concise resume(3-page maximum)
  • Proposed travel budget(i.e. airfare, ground transportation); please specify availability of supporting funds from other sources if budget exceeds the travel allowance.
  • The award recipient will be notified by April 10, 2020.

The Award

The IFS and Education Section of the American Fisheries Society provide up to $2100 in travel funding (airfare and ground travel) for the chosen IFS Fellow to attend the FSBI Annual Symposium in the United Kingdom.  The FSBI provides funding for the costs of registration, hotel, and per diem during the FSBI Annual Symposium.

Similarly, the FSBI selects a student or young professional member to attend and present at the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting in the United States. The FSBI covers travel funding for the FSBI Fellow, and the IFS and Education Section provide funding for the registration, hotel, and per diem costs.

Local hosting of each exchange scholar is carried out by the hosting society, ensuring that attendees have the greatest exposure to the membership and meeting as possible.


The awarded Fellow is expected to fulfill the following obligations:

  • Attend the 2020 FSBI Annual Symposium and present an oral presentation.
  • Submit to the Committee Chair a travel report and photographs for print publication by August 31, 2020 (read the 2019 IFS Fellow report here).
  • Submit travel receipts to the Committee Chair and IFS Treasurer by August 31, 2020 for expense reimbursement.
  • Serve as the Deputy Committee Chair of the IFS Fellow Program in 2021, and the Committee Chair in 2022.


This award is open to all American Fisheries Society Student members or American Fisheries Society members who are within 3 years of graduation. Current membership with the American Fisheries Society is mandatory to apply for and receive this award.

Award Criteria

Fellows will be selected by a committee led by the IFS Fellow Program Committee Chair and Deputy Committee Chair, according to the following guidelines:

  • The application should communicate how the Award will benefit the applicant, demonstrate the applicant’s experience in leadership/mentorship roles and presenting research to academic or other audiences, and detail the applicant’s involvement in the American Fisheries Society and/or other contributions to the scientific and fisheries communities.
  • Priority will be given to applicants who are working on topics of international interest or those associated with the FSBI Symposium theme. However, all interested and eligible members are encouraged to apply.
  • While attending the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting is not a requirement, priority will be given to candidates who have existing funding to attend the 2020 AFS Annual Meeting in Columbus, Ohio, August 30 – September 3, 2020. If the selected Fellow can attend the 2020 AFS Annual Meeting, they are expected to participate in the IFS committee meeting and act as a site host for the FSBI Fellow.

Please contact Mary Fisher (, and Thiago Sanches ( with any questions.



Thiago Sanches, University of California Davis, USA
William Perry, Bangor University, UK
Click here to read about Thiago


Mary Fisher, University of Washington, USA
George Balchin, University of Sussex
Click here to read about Mary’s experience with the FSBI


Jane Sullivan, NOAA Fisheries, Alaska
Lauren Laing, Exeter University, Exeter, UK
Click here to read about Jane’s experience with the FSBI


Charlie Waters, University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
Natasha Phillips, Queen’s University, Belfast
Click here to read about Charlie’s experience with the FSBI


Jeremy Higgs, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, University of Southern Mississippi, Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Dominic Andradi-Brown. Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
Click here to read about Jeremy’s experience with the FSBI


Zachary Penny, Department of Fish & Wildlife Sciences, University of Idaho
Daniel Jeffries, School of Biological, Biomedical & Environmental Sciences, University of Hull, Hull, UK
Click here to read about Zach’s experience with the FSBI


Patrick Cooney, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Rachel Emma Ball, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
Click here to read about Patrick’s experience with the FSBI



Steve Midway, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, USA
Serena Wright, Swansea University, School of the Environment & Society, Wales, UK
Click here to read about Steve’s experience with the FSBI



Marybeth Brey, North Carolina State University, Department of Zoology, North Carolina
Ana Lewis, University of Southampton National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK
Click here to read about Marybeth’s experience with the FSBI