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Fellowships to USA Master's and Doctoral Students for Estuary Reserve Research

Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowships for the National Estuarine Research Reserve System


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Funding Source
National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce
CFDA Number: 11.420
Funding or PIN Number: NOAA-NOS-OCM-2023-2008028
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Conference Date: 09/28/23
Deadline: 12/04/23 11:59 PM ET Receipt Save

Grant Description
Fellowships of $60,000 per year to USA and territories master's or doctoral students at accredited IHEs for environmental research. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for research conducted in an estuary reserve and should be designed to contribute to one of the reserve’s priority management areas, and thus enhance the scientific understanding of the natural or social science aspects of the research subject matter.

The purpose of this notice is to solicit grant proposals for the NOAA Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship (Davidson Fellowship) at the Nationa Estuarine Research Reserves. The research reserve program aims to balance the needs of the natural environment and coastal communities. The goal of the Davidson Fellowship is to provide research that meets priority management needs of the reserves and their coastal communities, while building the next generation of leaders in estuarine science and coastal management by affording qualified graduate students the opportunity to conduct collaborative science within National Estuarine Research Reserves (reserves); partake in professional development opportunities; and receive mentoring to support professional growth.

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, 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.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education or other research-related organizations. Students interested in this fellowship opportunity should work with their advisor and the university's office of sponsored programs, or their equivalent. Awards will be made to the fellow's graduate institution through the use of a cooperative agreement.

To be eligible to participate, prospective fellows must be citizens or permanent residents of U.S. states or territories, and admitted to or enrolled full-time in a master's or doctoral program at a U.S. accredited university. Applicants must plan to be enrolled for all of the first year, and the majority of the second year, of funding.

Federal agencies and employees are not allowed to receive funds under this announcement but may serve as project partners.

National Estuarine Research Reserve System staff are ineligible to submit an application for a fellowship under this announcement.

For a list of ineligible projects, see p. 20 of the NOFO in Attached Files.

Pre-Proposal Conference
July 19, 2023: Informational webinar (About the fellowship)
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm Eastern | 12:00 - 1:00 pm Pacific | 9:00 - 10:00 am Hawaii
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September 28, 2023: Informational webinar (Tips on applying)
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm Eastern | 12:00 - 1:00 pm Pacific | 9:00 - 10:00 am Hawaii
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Pre-Application Information
- June 2023: Call for applications is now open
- July 19, 2023: Informational webinar (About the fellowship)
- September 28, 2023: Informational webinar (Tips on applying)
- December 4, 2023: Applications due in no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
- May/June 2024: Applicants notified of selection results
- August 1, 2024: Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship begins

Applications must be submitted via

Applicants should: (1) be registered in the federal SAM before submitting an application; (2) provide a valid UEI number on an application; and (3) continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a federal awarding agency.

Applicants should allow a minimum of seven days to complete the SAM registration, although complete registration for SAM may take several weeks if problems arise.

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For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the page above.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
One fellow will be selected for each of the 30 reserves.

Estimated Size of Grant
The federal funding award should not exceed $60,000 per year (direct and indirect) for a 24-month project period (multi-year awards). Of that amount, direct costs must not exceed $45,000 per year.

Term of Contract
The start date on proposals shall be August 1, 2024, and the performance period for projects is 24 months.

Contact Information
For administrative or technical questions regarding this announcement, contact the program office:

Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship
Attn: Christopher Katalinas (on contract for)
NOAA Office for Coastal Management
2234 South Hobson Ave.
Charleston, SC 29405

RFP & Supporting Documents
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