It’s an exciting new fellowship program for graduate students at the national estuarine research
reserves. One two-year fellowship opportunity will be available at each of the 29 coastal sites.
Through a research project, fellows will address a key coastal management question to help scientists
and communities understand coastal challenges that may influence future policy and management
The research reserves represent the apex of estuary science. At these coastal sites, fieldwork,
research, and community engagement come together to create the scientific advances that change
our communities and our world.
Specific fellowship benefits include the following:
The ability to develop meaningful cross-discipline research projects in
conjunction with scientists, community leaders, and other organizations.
Networking opportunities with the annual fellowship class of 29, plus
the other professionals across the reserve system, NOAA, and community partners.
Professional guidance and mentoring in a variety of disciplines,
including facilitation and communication. Fellows will also have quarterly
The development of research partnerships between universities and
Pending congressional appropriations, NOAA anticipates an annual stipend of $41,000 per student for research and travel, and an annual equipment and supply budget for each reserve of approximately $7,000.
The first fellowship class will begin in summer of 2020. Interested students are encouraged to
explore each reserve’s management priorities and discuss interests with the
listed point of contact. Be part of the next generation of coastal leaders!
Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizens admitted to or enrolled in a full-time graduate program
at a U.S. accredited college or university, working to obtain a master’s or doctoral degree.
Applicants must have at least two years remaining in their academic course of study to apply.
Call for applications
Decisions announced (pending fiscal year 2020 appropriations)
This fellowship honors the legacy of NOAA’s Margaret A. Davidson. Margaret was a
true visionary in the coastal management world, someone who saw the future with clarity
and knew how to push for innovation and, frankly—shake things up. She defined excellence
in many categories, always raising the bar with the goal of helping coastal communities
thrive. This approach is what NOAA and the research reserves are striving to achieve
with the Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship program.