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Sea Grant and N.C. Coastal Reserve Request Proposals for Research Fellowships

Bird Island Reserve, the southernmost point in NC.

John Fear,
Christy Simmons,

North Carolina Sea Grant and the N.C. Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve are accepting applications for the 2024 North Carolina Coastal Research Fellowship. The deadline is Friday, April 1, at 5 p.m. ET.

Through this program, graduate students based in North Carolina conduct hypothesis-based research within one or more of the 10 sites that constitute the N.C. Coastal Reserve. The Reserve is especially interested in projects that include work at one or more of these sites: Kitty Hawk Woods Reserve, Buxton Woods Reserve, Emily & Richard Preyer Buckridge, Permuda Island Reserve, Bald Head Woods Reserve, and Bird Island Reserves.

Research should address one or more of these coastal management issues:

  • Sediment dynamics and influences on shoreline position, habitat type, and quality.
  • Sources and impacts of emerging contaminants, plastics, and marine debris.
  • Impacts of invasive species on coastal ecosystems.
  • Habitat restoration practices and/or shoreline stabilization approaches.
  • Effects of water quality on the Reserve’s flora, fauna, and/or habitats.
  • Wetland carbon stocks and soil and flora properties driving spatial variability.
  • Influences on maritime forest habitat distribution, changes, and health.
  • Application of innovative technologies to enhance research and monitoring in coastal systems.

North Carolina Sea Grant and the N.C. Coastal Reserve strongly encourage proposals from graduate students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, 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.

“This fellowship program, entering its second decade of service to North Carolina graduate students, is looking to continue its strong track record of student training and research results for the Reserve System,” says John Fear, deputy director for North Carolina Sea Grant. “I look forward to proposals from our universities’ main campuses and students at coastal labs.”

North Carolina Sea Grant and the N.C. Coastal Reserve anticipate awarding one new fellowship for $10,000. Proposals are due Friday, April 1, at 5 p.m. ET.

Read more here.

Read about our most recent fellow here.