opportunity for graduate students

An exciting research and professional development opportunity

The Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve is seeking Masters and PhD level applicants for an exciting two-year fellowship program. 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.

Take a look at Lake Superior Reserve’s fellowship research questions below, and APPLY NOW to be our next Margaret A. Davidson fellow! Applications due December 10, 2021.

Proposed research projects must address one of the following research priorities:

The invasive emerald ash borer has begun to impact black ash-dominated forested wetlands in the St. Louis River Estuary, and will likely cause shifts in species composition and wetland function, but the ecological impacts in the Lake Superior estuarine environment are unknown, especially in the context of daily, seasonal and long-term water level fluctuations and increasing flood events. Therefore, robust analysis of the extent and ecological function of these forested wetlands in Lake Superior estuaries may help inform future restoration and management efforts.

Reserve Contact:
Dustin Haines, Research Coordinator

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

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.

Applications due December 10, 2021.

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    Applications due December 10, 2021

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    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.