North Carolina Sea Grant and N.C. Coastal Reserve’s Coastal Research Fellowship

Funding Agency:
North Carolina Sea Grant

The North Carolina Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve (Coastal Reserve) and North Carolina Sea Grant are accepting applications for the 2020 North Carolina Coastal Research Fellowship. The fellowship provides North Carolina-based graduate students with an opportunity to conduct research within one or more of the 10 sites that constitute the Coastal Reserve. Using the reserve sites as a research platform, fellows must conduct hypothesis-based research that addresses coastal management issues in one or more of the following broad focus areas (in no order of importance):

  • Social and/or economic value of coastal ecosystems and protected areas
  • Effects of air or water quality on coastal habitats and associated flora and fauna
  • Sources, composition, and impacts of marine debris
  • Invasive species: distribution and abundance, impacts on coastal ecosystems and human communities, and/or effectiveness of management strategies
  • Maritime forests: factors impacting regeneration, the effects of wildfire and prescribed fire on ecosystem components and processes, and changes in coverage over time

Proposals are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019.

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Only graduate students in good academic standing, attending an accredited North Carolina university or college are eligible to apply. First-year graduate students that have not yet started coursework are not eligible to apply. Undergraduate students may not apply for funding, but research projects that include undergraduate participation are encouraged. Research projects must be conducted within the boundaries of at least one of the 10 sites that make up the Coastal Reserve ( with preference given to research conducted within state reserve sites.



Amount Description


Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students


Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

November 13, 2019