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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Ocean Acidification Graduate Research Fellowship

The goal of the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program (OAP) / Mid-Atlantic Sea Grant Programs (MASGP) Ocean Acidification Graduate Research Fellowship is to develop researchers who can respond rapidly to the anticipated ocean acidification in the Mid-Atlantic region. This two-year fellowship provides hands-on experience in translating research results to coastal and marine stakeholders through a professional mentor and offers unique professional development training opportunities. Ocean Acidification Graduate Research Fellows will address issues relevant to coastal ecosystems and communities related to coastal and ocean acidification in order to improve understanding of the potential ecological consequences of increasing carbon dioxide concentration in regional coastal waters.

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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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Coastal Resilience Summer Internships

Virginia Sea Grant, in partnership with Arcadis, Clark Nexsen, Dewberry, and Ecology and Environment is excited to support a range of paid summer fellowship and internship opportunities focused on coastal resiliency. These opportunities are open to full-time undergraduate and graduate students and are aimed at training students to become leaders in innovative, pre-disaster, resiliency design strategies. Selected fellows will engage in a range of activities and projects related to resilient design and/or coastal flooding adaptation strategies. Opportunities exist throughout the summer to participate in resilience programs with VASG and to collaborate and network with institutional partners, and members of the resilience and adaptation community.



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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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