“Promoting my work was made much easier because of my Virginia Sea Grant graduate research 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

2022 VASG Graduate Research Fellowships

Registration Deadline: REGISTRATION CLOSED


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.

More Information For:

Application Process
  • Create eSeaGrant Account
  • Register for Graduate Research Fellowship
  • Complete Application
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Recorded on Wednesday, October 20, 2021

What: Information on the Graduate Research Fellowship purpose, eligibility, updates to the process/RFP, a chance to ask questions



Hands-on experience with real-world professional Mentors

Graduate Research Fellows work alongside mentors to address pressing coastal and marine resource issues. This experience and knowledge have positioned past fellows to be highly competitive for opportunities at the conclusion of the fellowship year. 

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

University of Virginia

Old Dominion University

Virginia Tech

Watch: Graduate Research Fellowship Overview

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Fellowship at a Glance

  • Eligibility:

    The fellowship is open to full-time graduate, professional degree, or Ph.D. students at Virginia academic institutions who are enrolled no later than Fall 2022. 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 two years and professional development opportunities.

  • Important Dates: Registration must be completed by November 10, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. EST, final applications are due November 19, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. EST, and the fellowship begins September 1, 2022.

“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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