“Promoting my work was made much easier because of my Virginia Sea Grant graduate fellowship. The staff at VASG have the tools to jump-start this process. Once I took the plunge and had the VASG media staff join me in the field, my science has gotten more attention.”

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

2024 VASG Graduate Fellowships

Registration Deadline: December 1, 2023

Application Deadline: December 8, 2023

The VASG Graduate Fellowship invests in people and supports graduate students in education, evidence-based inquiry, and community engagement that further the goals of VASG and show potential for:

  • Long-term professional success in academic, government, non-profit, or private sectors
  • Highly collaborative, team-oriented research and problem-solving that integrates diverse perspectives, and produces innovation to address our most challenging coastal and marine problems
  • Effective transfer of knowledge to practice and interest in ensuring their research results are useful to and used by stakeholders

Graduate Fellows address issues relevant to Virginia communities and of importance to coastal and marine resources – broadly defined (e.g., natural or social sciences, engineering and design, policy and legal analysis, architecture, business, education, arts and humanities, etc.).

The fellowship covers student expenses but not research costs (see eligible and ineligible cost items in the budget justification section). It builds skills and competencies through professional development training and provides hands-on experience in translating research results to stakeholders through a professional mentor.

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Hands-on experience with professional Mentors

Graduate Fellows work alongside professional mentors to address pressing coastal and marine resource issues. This experience has positioned past fellows to be highly competitive for future opportunities.

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

University of Virginia

Old Dominion University

Virginia Tech

Watch: Graduate Fellowship Overview

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Fellowship at a Glance

  • Eligibility: The fellowship is open to full-time graduate and professional degree students at Virginia academic institutions enrolled no later than Fall 2023. Any discipline addressing issues relevant to Virginia communities, related to coastal and marine resources is eligible. Refer to the fellowship announcements for a full list of eligibility requirements.
  • Funding: The fellowship provides up to $40,000 per year for up to two years and professional development opportunities.
  • Important Dates: Registration must be completed by December 1, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. EST, final applications are due December 8, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. EST, and the fellowship begins September 1, 2024.

“For [agencies] to implement a new change can take about two years. So this is where we come in as researchers—we can make a change overnight. Then we can make a more robust system and a more integrated system …”

George Mason University

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