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Applications Open for Research Opportunities

Deadlines are in March to apply for fellowship and scholarship opportunities through North Carolina Sea Grant and North Carolina Space Grant.

Applications are being accepted for the two program’s one-year, joint graduate research fellowship. The fellowship provides support for one graduate student researching high-priority needs within the state’s watersheds, coastal area and nearshore environments.

The fellowship requires using data from vast archives and remote-sensing capabilities available through the National Aeronautics and Space Agency, or NASA, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, to address a high-priority research need within the state’s nearshore environs, coastal areas, watersheds, or human activities in these areas, according to Sea Grant.

More details or to apply by the 5 p.m. March 12 deadline are at North Carolina Sea Grant – NC Space Grant Graduate Research Fellowship.

Sea Grant also is accepting applications for the 2021-22 NC STEM Policy Fellowship. Graduate students will be placed in high-level state government offices such as the Department of Environmental Quality to focus on policy topics related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM.

Sea Grant oversaw a pilot program in 2020-21. Funds provided through Sea Grant and a matching grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund allow for additional fellows to begin Aug. 1, 2021. The fellowships are full-time positions at 40 hours per week working for one year with the host offices.

“The North Carolina fellows gain valuable experience and professional development opportunities while working in host offices engaged in STEM policy and policymaking processes,” said Susan White, North Carolina Sea Grant’s executive director, in a statement.

For eligibility information and how to apply by the 8 a.m. Monday, March 8, deadline, visit the website.

The 2021-22 undergraduate research scholarship and graduate research fellowship student applications through Space Grant are due at 5 p.m. Friday, March 12.

The undergraduate research scholarship is a competitive program for undergraduate students who want to participate in aerospace research and other NASA-related programs. Recipients will conduct research over a 12-month period, starting June 1 and ending May 30, 2022.

Apply online for the undergraduate research scholarship  and read about last year’s scholars and their research.

Students who wish to apply for graduate research fellowships should be participating in active research in a STEM field that supports NASA’s mission and the program’s objective.

Apply for the graduate research fellowship online and read about last year’s fellows and their research.

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