Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship; NOAA

The call for applications is now open for the FY’22-24 Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship!

Being a part of the Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship provides opportunities to address today’s coastal challenges, develop marketable career skills, build a professional network, and partner with universities, social and physical scientists, and communities while working at one of the 29 coastal sites in the National Estuarine Research Reserve System.

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 career-readiness training
  • The development of research partnerships between universities and reserves


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.


June 2021Call for applications to address reserve management needs
December 10, 2021Applications due
April 2022Recommended students notified
August 1, 2022Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship begins

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