MDSG Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Research Fellowships

Maryland Sea Grant

Grant amount: Up to US $45,000

Anticipated deadline: Mar 29, 2018 2:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Graduate Student

Funding uses: Research, Fellowship

Location of project: Maryland

Location of residency: District of Columbia, Maryland

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Maryland Sea Grant (MDSG) is pleased to announce the availability of coastal resilience and sustainability research fellowships for 2017. Fellows should be engaged in coastal resilience research that is relevant to Maryland and the MDSG Strategic Plan 2014 ­– 2017. In addition to supporting the student’s academic expenses, the fellowship will provide additional professional development opportunities in science communication, the science-to-management process and other relevant Sea Grant activities.

Maryland Sea Grant supports research, education and outreach on current and future issues affecting the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland’s coastal waters. As part of this mission, we anticipate awarding two or more competitive fellowships to support graduate students conducting coastal resilience research within Maryland’s coasts and watersheds. We look to support student research that is socially relevant and is at the intersection of public engagement and science.

An applicant’s research must be consistent with the Maryland Sea Grant strategic plan and address one of the MDSG focus areas described therein:

  • Resilient ecosystem processes and responses
  • Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture
  • Resilient communities and economies

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


  • Students must be enrolled in or admitted to a full-time graduate or professional degree program at a Maryland or District of Columbia academic institution at a graduate level.
  • Students who have not yet enrolled should submit a letter of acceptance from the dean of the graduate program through which they are enrolled at their college or university with their application package. 
  • Students may be working toward any masters or Ph.D. degree, as long as their coastal resilience or sustainability research is relevant to the mission and strategic plan of MDSG and has an emphasis on Chesapeake or coastal bays and their watersheds.
  • The research must demonstrate relevance to coastal resilience and sustainability.
  • Eligible Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Research are: 
    • Research on water resources
    • Stormwater
    • Climate change adaptation
    • Coastal processes
    • Resilience from natural hazards
    • Resilient coastal businesses and industries including fisheries and tourism, and other topics.