National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) Graduate Research Fellowships, USA

Scholarship in  National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR)

The NERRS Graduate Research Fellowship Program is one of the largest graduate programs supported by NOAA. Fellows conduct their research within a National Estuarine Research Reserve and gain hands-on experience by engaging with reserve staff and participating in their host reserve’s research, education, stewardship and training programs.

NERR Scholarship Eligibility

Any student who will complete a master’s or other advanced degree in natural resource management or environmental-related studies at an accredited U.S. university between January 1, 2017, and July 31, 2018, is eligible. Students from a broad range of environmental programs are encouraged to apply. Students from non-U.S. institutions are not eligible.

NERR Scholarship Selection Criteria

Finalists are selected based on the following criteria:

  1. Academic performance and diversity of educational background, including extracurricular activities, awards, and honors.
  2. Endorsement of the applicant’s Sea Grant director.
  3. Support from two letters of recommendation, including one from the applicant’s principal professor.
  4. Content of the applicant’s goal statement.

All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of age, race, sex, creed, marital status, national origin, lawful political affiliation, religious preference, or nondisqualifying physical handicap.

How to Apply for NERR Scholarship

Application packages must be submitted to the Sea Grant program office in the state where you earned your degree. Each Sea Grant program office can endorse up to three applications to the NOAA Office for Coastal Management for review. Applicants from institutions in states not served by a Sea Grant program office should contact the fellowship coordinator for more information on submitting an application.

Application Requirements

All applications must include:

  1. Resume or curriculum vitae ( not to exceed two pages using 12 point font ).
  2. Statement of the applicant’s goals with emphasis on what the applicant expects from and can contribute to the fellowship experience ( 500 words or less ).
  3. Two letters of recommendation, including one from the applicant’s principal professor. If no principal professor exists, the faculty member who is most familiar with the applicant’s academic work may be substituted.
  4. Unofficial copies of all undergraduate and graduate student transcripts.

Fellows use reserves as living laboratories to address NERRS natural and social science priority issues based on the reserves’ local coastal management needs.

NERR Scholarship Important Dates 

  • Proposals due from states : 13th October, 2017 Friday
  • Projects selected : 13th November, 2017 ( Monday ) 
  • Applications due from candidates : 19th January, 2018