Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 9/27/2023

Mountains to Sea Graduate Research Fellowship

NC WRRI and North Carolina Sea Grant are accepting applications for full-time graduate students at North Carolina’s colleges and universities. Applicants should propose research they will conduct under the guidance of a faculty advisor.

Deadline: Nov. 17, 2023

Areas of Interest

Research should address one or more of these focus areas:

  • Emerging Regulated and Unregulated Contaminants of Concern
  • Microplastic Pollution and Marine Debris
  • Aquatic Invasive Species
  • Harmful Algal Blooms and Associated Toxins
  • Nuisance Flooding and Climate Impacts
  • Erosion and Sediment Control
  • Groundwater Quality and/or Quantity
  • Water Treatment, including Aquaculture Effluent
  • Planning and Policy related to Water Resources Management
Eligibility Requirements

Students responding to this request for proposals (RFP) must:

  • Be a full-time graduate student in good academic standing, attending an accredited North Carolina college or university. Undergraduate students are not eligible to apply, but we encourage research projects that include undergraduate participation. 
  • Have a faculty mentor willing to ensure the project and required reporting will be completed.
  • International students are eligible to apply, but NC Sea Grant-WRRI will have to utilize a different funding model than noted below. This alternative model will require additional time to coordinate and implement and the project start date will be delayed.  

WRRI and Sea Grant strongly encourage proposals from students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), students from underrepresented or underserved communities, and students who can demonstrate how their research and related outreach will benefit underrepresented or underserved communities.

Research must take place in the state of North Carolina and can be in the fields of social science, education, communications, natural science, engineering, economics or policy, or a combination of these disciplines (as applied to the focus areas above). Research that addresses the link between environmental and human health as related to the focus areas above is also acceptable (which may require IRB approval from the applicant’s campus).

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