It’s an exciting two-year fellowship program that will place one graduate student at each of the 29 national estuarine research reserves.
Through a research project, fellows address a key reserve management need 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 development and mentoring in a variety of disciplines,
including facilitation and communication. Fellows will also have quarterly
The development of research partnerships between universities and
Pending congressional appropriations, NOAA anticipates an annual budget of up to $45,000 in direct costs. Direct costs should support the fellows and their research and may include stipend, supplies, travel, and tuition.
Eligible applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of U.S. states or territories 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 plan to be enrolled for all of the first year, and the majority of the second year, of funding.
Current 2020-2022 Cohort
Congratulations to the first cohort of Margaret A. Davidson Fellows! These students are working collaboratively with mentors, scientists, and the local communities on their identified projects over the next two years. Sign up for email updates and stay connected with the program by emailing OCM.DavidsonFellowship@noaa.gov.
This fellowship honors the legacy of NOAA’s Margaret A. Davidson. Margaret was a
true visionary in the coastal management world, someone who saw the future with clarity
and knew how to push for innovation and, frankly—shake things up. She defined excellence
in many categories, always raising the bar with the goal of helping coastal communities
thrive. This approach is what NOAA and the research reserves are striving to achieve
with the Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship program.