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Massachusetts Sea Grant Graduate Research Fellowship


The purpose of the Massachusetts Sea Grant Graduate Research Fellowship is to support exceptional prospective graduate students who are engaged in coastal and marine research that furthers the goals of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Sea Grant (WHOISG) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sea Grant (MITSG) programs. The Fellowship is geared towards providing funding and support for students who have not yet matriculated into a graduate program, but are applying and intend to enroll in a thesis-granting graduate program in Massachusetts during fall 2024. The focus of this Fellowship is both to support cutting-edge research and the professional growth of the student through mentorship, professional development training, participation in conferences in their field, and more.

It is anticipated that two (2) two-year Graduate Student Fellowships will be awarded, with a maximum Sea Grant support of $40,000/year for stipend and tuition costs and $2,000/year for professional development, such as conference travel or attendance fees, trainings, and/or workshops, and research and supply costs for a total of $84,000 for each Fellow over the two year period. Prospective advisors are expected to provide the necessary equipment, resources, and support for the Fellows to engage in their research project throughout the duration of the Fellowship. Fellowships will require a match of $1 of non-federal funds for every $2 of federal Sea Grant funds requested. Awarding of this Fellowship is dependent on Federal appropriations and funding availability.

Dates and Deadlines

Fellowship period:

September 1, 2024–August 31, 2026

Fellowship applications must be received by:

4:30 pm Eastern Time, Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Application instructions can be found on page below.

Applicants will be notified in early January of Fellowship review decisions.

  • Job Type: Other
  • Application deadline: 10/04/2023
  • Organization: Massachusetts Sea Grant
  • Qualifications: Eligible applicants include students that a) are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or joint bachelor’s/master’s program, or b) are not currently enrolled in any graduate program and plan to attend a graduate program in fall 2024 in Massachusetts. Applicants do not need to reside in Massachusetts and may be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or international students. International students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must have received an undergraduate or previous graduate degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or U.S. territories. Applicants must propose to enroll in an accredited thesis-granting master's or doctoral program in Massachusetts and the research undertaken by the students must be Massachusetts-based, coastal- or marine-related, and in keeping with the National Sea Grant focus areas (i.e., Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development, Healthy Coastal Ecosystems, Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture, and/or Resilient Communities and Economies). For international applicants, it is the responsibility of the student and Massachusetts-based Institution to obtain all the necessary visas and documentation to study in the United States. Applicants enrolling in non-thesis-granting master’s programs are ineligible. Applicants are eligible to submit only one application, must be enrolled in a graduate program in Massachusetts no later than fall 2024, and must be enrolled throughout the Fellowship. An individual may not accept the Massachusetts Sea Grant Graduate Research Fellowship if the individual accepts or is supported by a federal graduate fellowship. However, supplementing the Massachusetts Sea Grant Graduate Research Fellowship with funds from research contracts is allowed.
  • How to apply: Apply on website:
  • Location: Massachusetts
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