Delaware Sea Grant-Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve Fellowship

Applications are currently closed. The next application cycle is expected to open in September 2018.

Fellowship Description

Delaware Sea Grant and the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR) are partnering to offer a graduate research fellowship for Delaware graduate students to explore the rich natural environments contained within the Reserves. DNERR is comprised of two “living laboratories” in the Delaware bayshore region: the St. Jones Reserve, a brackish estuarine system located on the St. Jones River in Dover, Delaware, and Blackbird Creek Reserve, a tidal freshwater estuarine system located in Townsend, Delaware.

Two one-year, $10,000 Fellowships are available to conduct environmentally relevant research in the Blackbird Creek and St. Jones Research Reserve sites.

Research should be directed toward at least one of the following DNERR priorities:

  • Understanding the observed and predicted effects of climate change, sea level rise and other human impacts on Delaware’s coastal ecosystems;
  • Quantification of ecosystems services provided by coastal Delaware habitats; or
  • Examination or implementation of wetland restoration techniques for protecting and enhancing resiliency to contaminants, invasive species, nutrient loading, coastal storms, etc.

At least a portion of the proposed research must be conducted within at least one of the reserves. Proposals also should consider broader implications related to environmental literacy and/or coastal stewardship. Funded work may begin February 1, 2018 and must be completed by January 31, 2019.

Applicants may attend any Delaware university and must be in good academic standing. Graduate students studying environmental science, engineering and social science are encouraged to apply.

Application deadline: November 6, 2017
2018 Fellowship Application Guidelines (pdf)
2018 Fellowship Application Template (doc)