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Sea Grant and APNEP Set Oct. 29 Deadline for Fellowship Applications

For immediate release

Contact: John Fear,
or Tim Ellis,

The Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership (APNEP) and North Carolina Sea Grant are accepting applications for the 2022 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 area.

“We are excited to continue partnering with Sea Grant on this graduate fellowship opportunity, which helps support research that informs the conservation and management of the nation’s second largest estuarine system,” says Tim Ellis, APNEP’s quantitative ecologist.

John Fear, Sea Grant deputy director, says the fellowship helps train the next generation of scientists.

“Providing opportunities for students of all backgrounds is an overarching aim of this fellowship,” Fear says. “We strongly encourage proposals from graduate students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and from Minority Serving Institutions, as well as from graduate students from traditionally underserved and underrepresented communities.”

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

  • Estuary Spatial Planning
  • Submerged Aquatic Vegetation
  • Coastal Water Quality
  • Ecological Flows
  • Wetlands

Proposed work should relate to the APNEP Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan and to North Carolina Sea Grant’s Strategic Plan, as well as demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion aligned with the visions of Sea Grant and APNEP. Applicants should 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 Friday, October 29, 2021.

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