FSBI Fellowship Program

AFS and FSBI Fellowship Exchange Program

The International Fisheries Section (IFS) and the Education Section (ES) 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 they are provided expenses to attend and present at the annual meetings of the FSBI and AFS.

2019 AFS International Fisheries Section Fellow Award

The 2019 AFS-IFS Fellowship Awardee has been announced! Congratulations to our 2019 FSBI Fellow Thiago Sanches!  Thiago will represent IFS/AFS at the 2019 annual Fisheries Society of the British Isles (FSBI) Annual Symposium, July 15-19, at the University of Hull, United Kingdom. The theme of the 2019 FSBI Annual Symposium is “Advances in eDNA-based Approaches to Fish Ecology and Management.”

Please stay tuned to learn more about the fellowship opportunity in 2020.


  • Letter of interest (please include information about your involvement in AFS and how you will benefit from attending the FSBI Annual Symposium)
  • Proposed FSBI presentation title and abstract
  • Concise resume (3-page maximum)
  • Proposed travel budget (i.e. airfare, ground transportation, etc.); please specify availability of supporting funds you may have from other sources if budget exceeds allowance.

The Award

The IFS and ES provides the travel funding (airfare and ground travel) for the chosen Fellow to attend the FSBI annual meeting in the UK.  The FSBI provides the costs of registration, hotel, and per diem for the IFS Fellow during the FSBI meeting.

Similarly, the FSBI selects a student or young professional member to attend and present at the AFS annual meeting.  The FSBI covers the travel funding (airfare and ground travel) for the FSBI Fellow to the AFS meeting.  The program provides the registration, hotel, and per diem costs for that FSBI Fellow during the AFS meeting.

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 FSBI Annual Symposium and present an oral or poster presentation.
  • Submit to the Committee Chair a travel report and photographs for print publication.
  • Submit travel receipts to the Committee Chair and IFS Treasurer by for expense reimbursement.
  • Serve as the Deputy Committee Chair of the IFS Fellow Award in the following year and the Committee Chair the year afterwards.


  • This award is open to all AFS Student members or AFS 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:

  • Priority will be given to applicants who are working on topics of international interest or those associated with the FSBI Conference Theme. However, all interested and eligible members are encouraged to apply.
  • While attending the AFS Annual Meeting is not a requirement, priority will be given to candidates who have existing funding to attend the AFS Annual Meeting. If the selected Fellow can attend the AFS Annual Meeting, he or she is expected to participate in the IFS committee meeting and act as a site host at the AFS meeting for the FSBI Fellow.





Thiago Sanches, University of California Davis, USA
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