November 28, 2016, 5:00 p.m. EST

Related Documents

  • Fellowship Announcement
  • Title Page Template
  • 90-4 Budget Worksheet
  • 90-4 Budget Justification Guidance
  • eSeaGrant Instructions

Virginia Sea Grant Graduate Research Fellowships

Fellowship Description

The purpose of the Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) Graduate Research Fellowship is to support exceptional graduate students who are engaged in education and research that furthers the goals of VASG. The fellowship also provides hands-on experience in translating research results to coastal and marine stakeholders, through a professional mentor, and offers a comprehensive set of professional development training opportunities that fellows may elect to take.
  • VASG Graduate Research Fellows address issues of relevance to Virginia communities and of importance to coastal and marine science (broadly defined, e.g., natural or social sciences, engineering and design, policy and legal analysis, etc.).
  • In addition to their faculty advisor, Fellows work with a professional outreach or end-user mentor. Through interactions with their mentors, fellows ensure that their research results are useful and used by stakeholders, and have access to experienced professionals who can provide career advice.
  • Fellows are provided with professional development opportunities focusing on science communication, the science-to-management process, adoption of innovation, and other Sea Grant activities.


  • Students must be enrolled in a full-time graduate or professional degree program at a Virginia academic institution prior to the award of the fellowship, no later than Fall 2017.
  • Students may be working toward a degree in any discipline as long as they are engaged in research that is coastal- or marine-related and relevant to the mission and strategic plan of VASG.
  • VASG especially encourages members from under-represented minority groups, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans to apply.
  • Previous recipients of VASG Graduate Research Fellowships are not eligible to apply.

Award Information

  • VASG expects to fund between four and seven fellowships for the 2017–2019 academic years.
  • Fellowships begin June 1, 2016.
  • Support: Up to $40,000 per year; up to two years for Ph.D. and M.S. students.
  • VASG-funded projects require a 50% funding match. Only non-federal funds may be committed as matching contribution.

Proposal Guidelines

Adherence to the format requirements is mandatory and ensures fairness across all proposals, see funding announcement for detailed instructions. Each proposal must include two major sections with the following elements:


  • Signed title page (1 page maximum)
  • Resumes/CVs (2 page maximum per Resume/CV, for the student, primary advisor(s), and professional mentor)
  • Career goal and professional mentoring statement (3 page maximum):
  • Professional mentor and outreach plan (1 page maximum)
  • Professional outreach or end-user mentor letter of commitment
  • Recommendation letters (submitted separately, see Proposal Submission information below)
  • Undergraduate and graduate school transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable)
  • Research project abstract (1 page maximum)
  • Project narrative (3-page maximum, including figures, tables, and other graphics but excluding literature cited and data management plan)
  • Budget and budget justification

Proposal Submission & eSeaGrant

VASG is currently launching a new system for our fellowship proposal submissions. If you have any technical issues while submitting your application, please contact Sam Lake ( or (804) 684-7436. Proposals must be submitted online via eSeaGrant by 5:00pm EST on Friday, November 28, 2016. (Copy and paste this link into a new browser page: ) If you plan to apply, we recommend notifying VASG and registering for eSeaGrant at least two weeks in advance of the deadline.

  • Recommendation letters should be uploaded through eSeaGrant or sent to Sam Lake by email (, faxed (804-684-7269) or mailed (attention: Sam Lake, Virginia Sea Grant, PO Box 1346, Gloucester Point, VA 23062). Letters must be time-stamped as sent by 5:00 p.m. EST November 28, 2016.
  • All elements of your proposal must be converted to PDFs before uploading to eSeaGrant.
  • Please allow sufficient time for all application materials to be received before the deadline. Late applications will not be accepted by eSeaGrant and applications that do not meet the requirements may be rejected without review.

For full details, including evaluation criteria, please download the Funding Announcement linked above.

Questions? Contact Sam Lake, Virginia Sea Grant Fellowship and Research Program Coordinator, at or (804) 684-7436.

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