Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship

Grant Application Deadline: 
Friday, December 20, 2019

Announcing an exciting new fellowship program for graduate students in the natural and social sciences. One two-year fellowship opportunity will be available at each of the 29 National Estuarine Research Reserves. Through a research project, fellows will address a key coastal management question to help scientists and communities understand coastal challenges that may influence future policy and management strategies.

Specific fellowship benefits include the following:

  • The ability to develop meaningful cross-discipline research projects in conjunction with scientists, community leaders, and other organizations.

  • Networking opportunities with the annual fellowship class of 29, plus the other professionals across the reserve system, NOAA, and community partners.

  • Professional guidance and mentoring in a variety of disciplines, including facilitation and communication. Fellows will also have quarterly career-readiness training.

  • The development of research partnerships between universities and reserves.

Graduate students in the field

Pending congressional appropriations, NOAA anticipates a stipend of $41,000 per student for research and travel, and an additional equipment and supply budget of approximately $7,000.

The first fellowship class will begin in summer of 2020. Interested students are encouraged to explore each reserve’s management priorities and discuss interests with the listed point of contact. Be part of the next generation of coastal leaders!


Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizens admitted to or enrolled in a full-time graduate program at a U.S. accredited college or university, working to obtain a master’s or doctoral degree. Applicants must have at least two years remaining in their academic course of study to apply.


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