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Sea Grant and APNEP Set Oct. 30 Deadline for Fellowship Applications

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Contact: John Fear,
or Tim Ellis,

The Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership (APNEP) and North Carolina Sea Grant are accepting applications for the 2023 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.

“APNEP is excited to once again partner with North Carolina Sea Grant to advance estuarine science in the region through this fellowship opportunity,” says Tim Ellis, APNEP’s quantitative ecologist. “Over the years, our graduate research fellows have conducted novel studies that inform the conservation and management of the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuarine System.” 

John Fear, North Carolina Sea Grant deputy director, says assisting our agency partners in the management of our state’s vast natural resources is a highlight of this fellowship. “Strong student training is another benefit,” Fear says.

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

The fellowship strongly encourages 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.

“We also encourage proposals from graduate students who can demonstrate how their work and related outreach will benefit underserved and underrepresented communities,” notes Fear.

The fellowship is $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 Monday, October 30, 2023.

For more information, contact John Fear, or Tim Ellis,