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Estuarine Research Fellowship Applications Open

Katie Mosher,

The Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership and North Carolina Sea Grant are accepting applications for the 2020 Graduate Fellowship in Estuarine Research.

The fellowship will fund a graduate student based in North Carolina to conduct applied research within the North Carolina portion of the APNEP management boundary.

“We are excited to continue our partnership linking the Sea Grant and National Estuary Program networks in support of this research fellowship opportunity, which helps inform the conservation and management of the nation’s second largest estuarine system,” notes Tim Ellis, APNEP’s quantitative ecologist.

John Fear, Sea Grant deputy director, adds that this year the fellowship takes on new meaning: “Providing student opportunities is one of our program’s overarching aims and we are excited to be able to continue to seek outstanding applicants.”

Graduate students must propose hypothesis-based research that addresses one or more of the following broad focus areas:

  • Estuary Spatial Planning
  • Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV)
  • Coastal Water Quality
  • Ecological Flows
  • Oyster Restoration

Proposed work should relate to the APNEP Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan and to North Carolina Sea Grant’s Strategic Plan, as well as Sea Grant’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The programs strongly encourage proposals from graduate students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutions and/or from traditionally underserved and underrepresented communities, as well as from graduate students who can demonstrate how their work and related outreach will benefit underserved and underrepresented communities.

The fellowship will be up to $10,000. Complete instructions, including more information on focus areas for these proposals, are available online at All applications must be completed through the eSeaGrant portal:

The deadline is 5 p.m. on Aug. 3, 2020.

For more information, contact John Fear at Sea Grant,; or Tim Ellis of APNEP,