Please note that the VASG Budget Justification Guidance document has been updated to remove the referenced 5% cap on travel expenditures (pages 3-4, Travel (Section E). However, all budget narratives must provide a detailed breakdown of travel costs totaling more than $5,000 or 5% of the total project cost, whichever is greater (refer to Example 3 in the guidance document.)
The VASG Graduate Research Fellowship represents an investment in the success and professional development of graduate students engaged in education and research. Supported research should 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 Research 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 coastal and marine stakeholders through a professional mentor.