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Fellowship Opportunities Now Available

Aerial view of Middle Marsh
North Carolina Sea Grant and the N.C. Sentinel Site Cooperative are supporting a graduate fellowship. Middle Marsh in Rachel Carson Reserve is one of the possible research sites. Photo courtesy NOAA

North Carolina Sea Grant is offering several graduate research fellowships. Middle Marsh in Rachel Carson Reserve is one of the possible study sites. Photo courtesy NOAA

Updated Jan.23 with new application deadline for Sentinel Site Cooperative fellowship.


John Fear, 919-515-9104,

Deadlines are rapidly approaching for three of North Carolina Sea Grant’s fellowship opportunities for graduate students. Sea Grant funds research that addresses important issues facing our coastal region. Projects often provide initial data that spur additional funding from other agencies, such as the National Science Foundation.

“These fellowships are some of the best investments that we make with the funds we have available, and we’re proud to be able to provide these three opportunities for fellowships. We encourage all eligible students to apply,” says John Fear, deputy director of Sea Grant.

Sillhouette of fisherman on boat pulling a net
Liza Hoos, 2014 NC Sea Grant/DMF fellow, went on several observing trips during her stint with DMF. Photo by Liza Hoos

North Carolina Sea Grant and N.C. Coastal Reserve’s Coastal Research Fellowship, supported by Sea Grant and the N.C. Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve Program, funds projects within the N.C. Coastal Reserve system. Proposed work must be conducted within the boundaries of one or more of its 10 sites. The fellowship provides an annual stipend of $10,000. Applications are due Nov. 21, 2016.

The North Carolina Sea Grant/DMF Marine Fisheries Fellowship is offered through a partnership between Sea Grant and N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries. It is open to graduate students nearing completion of, or who have recently completed, their advanced degree program at southeastern universities and colleges from Maryland to Texas. Specific projects provide a professional education and training opportunity, while assisting the state on substantial marine fisheries management topics. This opportunity is based in Morehead City and provides a stipend of $36,000. Applications are due Nov. 28, 2016.

The North Carolina Sea Grant and N.C. Sentinel Site Cooperative Joint Fellowship is open to North Carolina-based graduate students. Recipients have an opportunity to conduct research addressing the needs of the cooperative as identified within its implementation plan. Projects must occur within or be directly applicable to the geographical boundaries. The fellowship provides a stipend of $10,000. Applications are due Feb. 6, 2017.

Sea Grant offers a variety of funding and fellowship opportunities, including a community collaborative research program. Visit and go to Funding Opportunities to learn more.


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