Research Fellowships

Virginia graduate students represent the future of coastal and marine science, and we are proud to support these exceptional students. Virginia Sea Grant and NOAA offer a range of fellowships that provide graduate support, as well as opportunities to work with coastal and marine stakeholders.

Virginia Sea Grant Graduate Research Fellowships

The Virginia Sea Grant Graduate Research Fellowship is open to full-time graduate students at any Virginia academic institution who are engaged in coastal and marine research relevant to Virginia and the Virginia Sea Grant strategic plan. In addition to supporting the student’s academic expenses, the fellowship will provide additional professional development opportunities throughout its duration, science-to-management process, team science, outreach, and other Sea Grant activities and mission priorities.

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Coastal Resilience Research Fellowship

Virginia Sea Grant, in partnership with Clark Nexsen, is excited to support a paid summer fellowship opportunity focused on coastal resiliency research in Hampton Roads, Virginia. The fellowship is open to full-time undergraduate and graduate students, and is aimed at training students to become leaders in innovative, pre-disaster, resiliency design strategies. The selected fellow engages in a research project related to resilient design or coastal flooding adaptation strategies, and is partnered with a design department and Clark Nexsen professional mentor relevant to their area of study (e.g., engineering, architecture, GIS, etc.). Throughout the fellowship, there are opportunities to partner with local institutions and participate in resilience events with VASG, Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences, and Old Dominion University, Wetlands Watch, Hampton Roads Regional Planning Commission, and other members of the Hampton Roads resilience and adaptation community.

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NMFS-Sea Grant Marine Resource Economics Ph.D. Fellowship

The Fellowships will provide support for up to two years for highly qualified graduate students working towards a Ph.D. in marine resource economics, natural resource economics, or environmental economics, and who are interested in careers related to the economics of the conservation and management of living marine resources. The overall goals of the program are to 1) encourage qualified applicants to pursue careers in marine resource economics; 2) increase available expertise related to the economic analysis of living marine resource conservation and management decisions; 3) foster closer relationships between academic scientists and NMFS; and 4) provide real-world experience to graduate students and accelerate their career development.

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NMFS-Sea Grant Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Ph.D. Fellowship

The Fellowships can provide support for up to three years for highly qualified graduate students working towards a Ph.D. in quantitative ecology, ecosystem ecology, population dynamics or related fields of study such as wildlife biology, fishery biology, natural resource management, marine biology, quantitative ecology, applied mathematics, applied statistics, or simulation modeling. The fellowship emphasizes quantitative marine ecology methods and skills. Candidate projects will focus on at least one of the following: 1) the population dynamics of living marine resources; 2) stock assessment methodologies; 3) marine ecosystem modeling; 4) integrated ecosystem assessments; and 5) ecosystem-based management of marine ecosystems.

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