For 2017-18, Virginia Sea Grant offered or facilitated the student/post-graduate fellowship opportunities described below. The main Web site for the opportunities is https://vaseagrant.org/fellowship-research-funding/fellowships/; or contact Virginia Sea Grant at Virginia Institute of Marine Science, 363 Greate Road, Gloucester Point, VA 23062; (804) 684-7269. Specific online sites are listed below for each opportunity.
1) Commonwealth Coastal & Marine Policy Fellowship. Deadline to apply: December 8, 2017. Fellowship begins in summer 2018. For graduate students close to completing their degree (Masters, Ph.D., or J.D.) in a coastal- or marine-related or relevant field at a Virginia university or college, and for graduates who recently completed their degree at a Virginia university or college (graduating in the spring semester 2017 or after). More information is available online at https://vaseagrant.org/fellowship-research-funding/fellowships/post-graduate-professional-fellowships/commonwealth-coastal-marine-fellowship/;
2) 2019 Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. Deadline to apply: November 28, 2017. The one-year fellowship period is expected to begin February 1, 2019. This nationwide fellowship is for graduate students with an interest in marine, coastal, or Great Lakes resources and in related national policy. An eligible applicant is any student, regardless of citizenship, who, on February 21, 2018, is enrolled towards a degree in a graduate program with an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. More information is online at https://vaseagrant.org/fellowship-research-funding/fellowships/post-graduate-professional-fellowships/sea-grant-knauss-marine-policy-fellowship/.
3) Clark Nexsen Coastal Resilience Research Fellowship. Deadline to apply not yet determined (as of 9/21/17). This is a paid summer fellowship focused on coastal resiliency, open to full-time undergraduate or graduate students who have research experience or training in areas including, but not limited to engineering, architecture, landscape architecture, resilient design, urban planning, and/or coastal flooding adaptation strategies. More information is online (as a PDF) at https://vaseagrant.org/wp-content/uploads/ClarkNexsen_VASG_Resilience_Fellowship_Announcement09-13-17.pdf.
4) Graduate Research Fellowship. Deadline to apply: November 16, 2017. Anticipated start date is September 1, 2018. The fellowship provides up to $40,000 per year, requiring a 50-percent match, to students enrolled in a full-time graduate or professional degree program at a Virginia academic institution prior to the award of the fellowship, no later than Fall 2018. Students may be working toward a degree in any discipline as long as they are engaged in research that is coastal- or marine-related and relevant to the mission and strategic plan of Virginia Sea Grant. More information is online at https://vaseagrant.org/fellowship-research-funding/fellowships/research-fellowships/virginia-sea-grant-graduate-research-fellowships/.
In October 2017, Virginia Sea Grant held on-campus information sessions about these opportunities, as follows:
George Mason University – October 18;
James Madison University – October 11;
Old Dominion University – October 16;
University of Virginia – October 13;
Virginia Commonwealth University – October 9;
Virginia Institute of Marine Science – October 6;
Virginia Tech – October 10.