2018 Healthy Coastal Ecosystems Fellowship

Delaware Sea Grant and the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserves are partnering to offer a graduate research fellowship for Delaware graduate students to explore the rich natural environments contained within the Reserves.

Two, one-year, $10,000 Fellowships are available to conduct environmentally relevant research in DNERR. Applications must be received by November 6, 2017, and work may begin February 1, 2018 and be completed by January 31, 2019.

Graduate students studying environmental science, engineering and social science are encouraged to apply.

Deadline to apply is November 6, 2017. For complete application materials, click here.

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.

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.

The fellowship includes $10,000 in funding and 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

Applicants may attend any Delaware university and must be in good academic standing.

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