NC Sea Grant/NC Sentinel Site Cooperative Joint Graduate Fellowship

Funding Agency:
North Carolina Sea Grant

The North Carolina Sentinel Site Cooperative (NCSSC) and North Carolina Sea Grant (NCSG) are accepting applications for the 2019 North Carolina joint Graduate Fellowship. The NCSSC was established in 2012 as part of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) effort to provide coastal communities and resource managers with information to better address coastal resiliency concerns such as sea level rise, inundation, and flooding.  

The goal of the NCSSC is to bring together stakeholders to leverage resources across organizations, integrate the multiple efforts within the NCSSC geography, and provide information to help stakeholders adapt to sea level rise and coastal inundation. The NCSSC is one of the five Cooperatives implemented as part of the NOAA Sentinel Site Program. Information on the NOAA Sentinel Site Program can be found at NCSG is an multi-campus program within the University of North Carolina system and is part of the national Sea Grant Network (

This fellowship provides North Carolina-based graduate students with an opportunity to conduct research addressing the needs of the NCSSC as identified within the Cooperative’s implementation plan and the 2017 NCSSC Partners Meeting NOAA Technical Memo.

Projects must occur within the NCSSC defined geography, which encompasses the twenty coastal counties in North Carolina, plus Jones and Martin counties. The NCSSC covers a diverse array of North Carolina coastal habitats and communities; including low-lying marsh ecosystems, barrier islands, the urban center of Wilmington, and many rural communities and small coastal towns.

Deadline: June 14, 2019

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Areas of Interest

Fellows must conduct hypothesis-based research within one or more of the following sea level rise (SLR) and inundation focus areas:

  • SLR impacts on coastal habitats and their associated ecosystem services.

  • Marsh and wetlands sediment supply and distribution.

  • Economic assessments of SLR on human communities and/or coastal ecosystems.

  • Impact of land subsidence.

  • Effects of SLR on essential fish habitat.

  • Using citizen science based efforts to better understand SLR impacts.

  • Development of K-12 pedagogical approaches to climate and SLR education.



Eligibility Requirements

Only graduate students in good academic standing, attending an accredited North Carolina university or college are eligible to apply. Undergraduate students may not apply directly for funding, but undergraduate participation in the proposed project is encouraged. Projects must occur within the NCSSC defined geography.



Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students


Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

June 14, 2019