Virginia Sea Grant Research Fellowships

The Virginia Sea Grant offers several different funding opportunities for graduate students at any Virginia academic institution who are engaged in coastal and marine research (broadly construed) relevant to Virginia and the VASG strategic plan. For a full list of funding opportunities, please visit the Virginia Sea Grant website.

Graduate students may be particularly interested in the breadth of graduate research fellowships, which are intended both to support students' academic expenses and to provide professional development opportunities focused on science communication, science-to-management process, adoption of innovation, outreach, and other Sea Grant activities and mission priorities. A list of fellowship opportunities for graduate students in several disciplines can be found here.

Deadline for graduate student fellowship applications is variable, running from January 24 - February 14, 2014​ depending on the program. All application cycles for 2014 are now closed. Please check the program website and see below for details.

  • The Virginia Sea Grant Graduate Research Fellowship provides up to $40,000 of support for graduate students, for up to two years for M.S. students and up to three years for Ph.D. students. Students must be enrolled in or admitted to a full-time graduate or professional degree program at a Virginia academic institution and may be working toward a degree in any discipline related to Virginia coastal and marine issues as noted in the VASG strategic plan. See the fellowship website for a complete list of eligibility requirements and application instructions.
  • The NMFS-Sea Grant Populations Dynamics PhD Fellowship provides support of $38,500 per year for up to three years for Ph.D. students interested in careers related to marine ecosystem and population dynamics, with a focus on modeling and managing systems of living marine resources. Prospective fellows must be U.S. citizens. At the time of application, prospective fellows must be admitted to a Ph.D. degree program in population dynamics, ecosystem dynamics, or a related field such as wildlife biology, fishery biology, natural resource management, marine biology, quantitative ecology, applied mathematics, simulation modeling, or applied statistics, at an institution of higher education in the United States or its territories, or submit a signed letter from the institution indicating provisional acceptance to a Ph.D. degree program conditional on obtaining financial support such as this fellowship. Prospective fellows from Virginia institutions must apply through the Virginia Sea Grant. See the fellowship website for a complete list of eligibility requirements and application instructions.
  • The NMFS-Sea Grant Marine Resource Economics PhD Fellowship provides support of $38,500 per year for up to two years; this fellowship has a match requirement for fellows and their advisors of 16.67% ($6,417 per year). Prospective fellows must be U.S. citizens. At the time of application, prospective fellows must be admitted to a Ph.D. degree program in resource or environmental economics at an institution of higher education in the United States or its territories, or submit a signed letter from the institution indicating provisional acceptance to a Ph.D. degree program conditional on obtaining financial support such as this fellowship. Prospective fellows from Virginia institutions must apply through the Virginia Sea Grant. See the fellowship website for a complete list of eligibility requirements and application instructions.

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