Graduate Fellowships in Reef Ecosystems

International Society for Reef Studies

Grant amount: Up to US $2,500

Anticipated deadline: Jan 31, 2019

Applicant type: Graduate Student

Funding uses: Fellowship

Membership: Applicants must be a member of this organization to apply. Become a member.

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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The International Society for Reef Studies (ISRS) is pleased to announce six (6) Graduate Fellowships for Coral Reef Ecosystem Research.

Background to the Fellowships

Coral reef ecosystems around the world continue to be threatened by direct anthropogenic stresses and climate change. Scientists and reef managers are increasingly working together to develop sound management strategies that are based on rigorous science. There remain, however, many unanswered questions about reef disturbances and reef resilience, climate change and adaptation, reef connectivity, marine protected areas, fishery impacts, and effective management practices.

Many coral reefs are in poor condition, yet we do not fully understand the threats that are undermining their integrity or their interactions. What processes and mechanisms are causing differential mortality and how are some species still able to survive and indeed be successful in times of stress.

Research supported by the ISRS Fellowships should increase our understanding of social, biological, and/or ecological processes that are relevant to improved management of coral reefs at local, regional, and/or global scales.

The intent of the Fellowships is to assist research students develop skills and address problems related to coral reef ecosystem science and management. The funding may be used, for example, by a student resident in a developed country to visit and undertake fieldwork on coral reefs in another country, or by a student from a developing country to visit and work on data or samples at an institution in a developed country, or for travel and other expenses within the same country. However where applications are judged to be of similar merit, an award will tend to be given to a candidate whose work appears more strongly reliant on ISRS support. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • These Fellowships will provide funding that may be used for travel, accommodation away from home, fieldwork, and/or laboratory analyses to be undertaken elsewhere related to research the results of which are to be included within a degree thesis.
  • Three of the Fellowships are available to anyone worldwide, who is a student (or full) member of the ISRS, and is in the first or second year or at the beginning of the third year (or at the equivalent stage if part-time) of a research degree (e.g. PhD, MPhil or MSc by research) program at an accredited university.
  • Three further Fellowships are reserved for students coming from a developing country that possesses coral reefs, though applicants must likewise be student (or full) members of ISRS, and in the first or second year or at the beginning of the third year (or equivalent) of a research degree programme. 
    • Developing Country in this context means a country which is NOT in the list of high-income countries as defined by the World Bank.

You must be a member of this organization to apply for this award - become a member. Recipients must be student (or full) members of the International Society for Reef Studies at the time of submission of their application.


  • The funding is not available to cover the costs of attendance at a Conference.