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Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship

The Davidson Fellowship is an exciting new fellowship program for graduate students at the national estuarine research reserves. One two-year fellowship opportunity will be available at each of the 29 coastal sites.

Through a research project, fellows will address a key coastal management question to help scientists and communities understand coastal challenges that may influence future policy and management strategies.

The research reserves represent the apex of estuary science. At these coastal sites, fieldwork, research, and community engagement come together to create the scientific advances that change our communities and our world.

Specific fellowship benefits include the following:

  • The ability to develop meaningful cross-discipline research projects in conjunction with scientists, community leaders, and other organizations.

  • Networking opportunities with the annual fellowship class of 29, plus the other professionals across the reserve system, NOAA, and community partners.

  • Professional guidance and mentoring in a variety of disciplines, including facilitation and communication. Fellows will also have quarterly career-readiness training.

  • The development of research partnerships between universities and reserves.

Pending congressional appropriations, NOAA anticipates an annual stipend of $41,000 per student for research and travel, and an annual equipment and supply budget for each reserve of approximately $7,000.

The first fellowship class will begin in summer of 2020. Interested students are encouraged to explore each reserve’s management priorities and discuss interests with the listed point of contact. Be part of the next generation of coastal leaders!


Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizens admitted to or enrolled in a full-time graduate program at a U.S. accredited college or university, working to obtain a master’s or doctoral degree. Applicants must have at least two years remaining in their academic course of study to apply.

Deadline to Apply

Friday, December 20, 2019

For more information or to apply: 


Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship project example

(Contact Kristin McNair for additional information)

submitted Jul 29, 2019


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grants OCE-9982133, OCE-0620959, OCE-1237140 and OCE-1832178. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.