North Carolina Sea Grant and Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership Fellowship

Funding Agency:
North Carolina Sea Grant

This fellowship is supported by North Carolina Sea Grant and the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership, or APNEP. The opportunity provides funding for graduate students based in North Carolina to conduct applied research within the North Carolina portion of the APNEP management area.

Fellows must conduct research that addresses focus areas identified in the North Carolina Sea Grant 2018-2021 Strategic Plan and management actions identified in the APNEP Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan. The programs strongly encourage proposals from graduate students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutions and/or from traditionally underserved and underrepresented communities, as well as from graduate students who can demonstrate how their work and related outreach will benefit underserved and underrepresented communities.

Deadline: Oct. 31, 2022

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Areas of Interest

Graduate students must propose hypothesis-based research that addresses one or more of the following broad focus areas:

  • Estuary Spatial Planning
  • Submerged Aquatic Vegetation
  • Coastal Water Quality
  • Ecological Flows
  • Wetlands

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 for funding, but we encourage research projects that include undergraduate participation. We especially encourage participation by students at HBCUs, MSIs, and/or in underserved and underrepresented communities. Proposed work must be conducted within the North Carolina portion of the APNEP management area ( 

International students are eligible to apply, but NC Sea Grant will have to utilize a different funding model than noted above. This alternative model will require additional time to coordinate and implement. As such project’s led by international applicants may have a delayed start date.



Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students


Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

October 31, 2022