“For my research, I developed a new computer model that can rapidly and accurately predict the peak water level caused by tropical cyclones and hurricanes to improve coastal resilience.”

Virginia Tech

Information for Applicants

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.)


Applicants must be enrolled in a full-time graduate, professional degree, or Ph.D. program at a Virginia academic institution prior to the award of the fellowship, no later than Fall 2022, and must remain in good standing at their academic institution. Students may be working toward a degree in any discipline as long as they are engaged in research or rigorous inquiry and evidence-based knowledge generation that is coastal- or marine-related and relevant to VASG’s mission and strategic plan. Previous recipients of a VASG Graduate Research Fellowship are not eligible to apply.

Fostering a Safe and Welcome Community

VASG is committed to building inclusive research, extension, communication, and education programs that serve people from diverse backgrounds, circumstances, needs, perspectives, and ways of thinking. Diversity includes, but is not limited to, age, disability and/or health status, ethnicity, gender identity, geographic origin, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and/or veteran status. 

VASG does not tolerate any form of misconduct, discrimination or harassment, including sexual harassment, or sexual misconduct (e.g. sexual assault within its organization, at awardee organizations, field sites, meetings, or anywhere VASG-funded research, outreach and education are conducted).

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When: 4:00 PM on Wednesday, October 20, 2021
What: Information on the Graduate Research Fellowship purpose, eligibility, updates to the process/RFP, a chance to ask questions

Application Process
  • Create eSeaGrant Account
  • Register for Graduate Research Fellowship
  • Complete Application
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What: Information on the Graduate Research Fellowship purpose, eligibility, updates to the process/RFP, a chance to ask questions



how to apply

For full details, including fellowship requirements, application guidelines, evaluation criteria, and the review and selection process, download the funding announcement. For information on VASG’s goals for fellow-mentor partnerships, as well as important considerations based on past fellow and mentor experiences, refer to VASG’s Guidance on Fellow-Mentor Relationship. For additional information on how to submit your application to VASG, refer to the eSeaGrant Instructions. All of the above documents can be found in the sidebar of this page under Related Documents.

If you plan to submit a proposal, you are required to submit your registration via eSeaGrant by 5:00 pm EST on Wednesday, November 10, 2021. Applications must be submitted online via eSeaGrant by 5:00 pm EST on Friday, November 19, 2021. 

Intent to Apply

All applicants are strongly encouraged to contact VASG to indicate their interest in the fellowship, and to discuss the application process. Notifications can be sent as a short email expressing your interest in the fellowship. Please reference “VASG Graduate Research Fellowship” in the subject line.

Application Submission & eSeaGrant

Applications must be submitted online via eSeaGrant. If you plan to apply, we recommend registering for eSeaGrant at least two weeks in advance of the deadline. All elements, including recommendation letters, must be submitted by the deadline. VASG will not accept late applications under any circumstances (e.g., internet delays), so please allow ample time to submit your applications in advance of the deadline.

Recommendation Forms

Two recommendations (academic and professional) must be submitted in support of the student. To maintain confidentiality, VASG requires that recommendations NOT be submitted with the student’s application, but rather requested and input through eSeaGrant independently. The forms must be submitted before the deadline. 

Identifying Potential Mentors

A mentor can be from the public, private, or non-profit sector. Students are encouraged to review the examples of past fellow-mentor partnerships below, and review the VASG website to learn about our extension partners. VASG encourages applicants to reach out to potential mentors early in the application process to discuss your mutual goals, develop a rapport, and identify emerging opportunities.

Katherine L.

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Maura B.

Old Dominion University

Jennifer B.

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Arslaan K.

George Mason University

While mentors may be extension agents, educators, or communicators with Sea Grant or the Cooperative Extension program, they do not need to be. Many extension agents and other outreach program staff will have ideas and connections to potential mentors.

VASG can provide assistance to applicants in identifying potential mentors, discussing the mentor’s roles and responsibilities, and answering questions regarding the goals of the fellow-mentor relationship.

Email: vasg@vaseagrant.org

“It was very interesting to see the reception of the feedback from local communities. Talking with local organizations was very meaningful. What we are studying and what we are asking may impact their lives and the quality of local waterways that local communities really value.”

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Tentative Fellowship Completion Timeline

  • Fellowship announcement released: September 2021
  • Registrations are due in eSeaGrant: 5:00 p.m. EST on November 10, 2021
  • Applications are due to VASG: 5:00 p.m. EST on November 19, 2021
  • Stage 1 – Relevancy review: Complete
  • Stage 2 – Review panel: April-May 2022
  • Stage 3 – Candidate interviews: Late spring/early summer 2022
  • Notification of results: Summer 2022
  • Awards begin: September 1, 2022

Award Information

Contingent upon available federal funding, fellowships are available for up to two years for master’s, J.D., and Ph.D. students. The fellowship provides an award of up to $40,000 per year to support the student’s academic expenses. The start date for the fellowship is September 1, 2022. VASG expects to fund up to eight fellowships for the 2022–2024 academic years.

VASG-funded projects require a 50 percent funding match (i.e., budgets must show $1 of match for every $2 of Sea Grant funding requested). Only non-Federal funds may be committed as matching contribution. VASG will make all awards to the student’s primary faculty advisor, who must be listed as the principle investigator (PI) on the fellowship application. 

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