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.