NC Space Grant/NC Sea Grant Graduate Research Fellowship Program

**Application deadline:  Monday, May 16, 2016**

Overview                                                                                         
The joint North Carolina Space Grant/North Carolina Sea Grant Graduate Research Fellowship Program provides research support to graduate students across North Carolina colleges and universities. The objective of this research fellowship is to support research within North Carolina’s nearshore environs and coastal watersheds to address research needs in these areas.  Research projects will apply relevant measurement instruments and/or remote sensing data sources from National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), or other data sources that can include, but are not limited to,  radiometers, spectroradiometers, satellite sensors, LIDAR, aerial imagery, and other data collected from airplanes, unmanned aerial vehicles, and/or unpiloted submersibles.

NC Space Grant/NC Sea Grant are accepting applications for the 2016 – 2017 academic year for a 12 month Graduate Research Fellowship. Applicants must be a full time enrolled graduate student at an accredited college or university within North Carolina and citizen of the United States. The proposed research must be supervised by a faculty mentor. The research activity should be continuous over the course of a 12 month period, commencing in September 2016 and to be completed no later than August 2017. A final report must be completed no later than September 30, 2017. The final 20% of the award will be with-held until the final report has been submitted and approved by both NC Space Grant and NC Sea Grant. Fellows are required to present their research findings at a meeting, conference or other formal gathering of professional organization(s), association(s), etc. among peer researchers, policy-makers, or another relevant audience. Funding for related travel should be considered within the total award package.

This is a competitive fellowship program supported by NC Space Grant in partnership with NASA, the NC Sea Grant in partnership with NOAA, and the State of North Carolina. Awards are based on scientific merit, adherence to the instructions of this RFP, and in recognition of high academic achievement and project results promise. (Examples of exemplary Graduate Research Fellowship applications)

Award Levels

  • Masters or PhD Students: Up to $10,000 for each award.
  • Up to two (2) awards will be granted.

Eligibility Requirements
The Graduate Research Fellowship applicant must be:

  • A permanent United States citizen.
  • Enrolled full-time in an advanced degree program of study at an accredited college or university in the State of North Carolina.
  • Conducting a faculty-mentored research project relevant to this call for proposals.
  • In good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0).

Interested students must complete an online application. Please read all program guidelines including applicant eligibility and reporting requirements before submitting your application. The application must be submitted online and all information must be complete or the application will not be reviewed. The key components of the application are discussed in more detail below.

Application

To Apply for a NC Space Grant/NC Sea Grant Graduate Research Fellowship, click HERE.

  • Applicants must click the New User registration button to begin the application.
  • APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 11:59 P.M. EST May 16, 2016.
  • A Letter of Recommendation must be submitted through the online application system by an academic reference by 5:00PM May 18, 2016.
  • Awards will be announced by June 30, 2016.  Awards are contingent upon receipt of federal funds by NASA and NOAA.

Description of Proposed Research Project: A statement written by the student in consultation with a faculty advisor should describe: (1) The key elements of the proposed research and plan of study, including data instruments and/or sources; (2) What he/she intends to accomplish; and (3) Clearly identify how the proposed work has applications of interest to both NASA and NOAA.

A Plan to Present Findings: (1) To present research methodology and/or research findings at a meeting, conference or other formal gathering of professional organization(s), association(s), etc. among peer researchers, policy-makers, or another relevant audience; and (2) For purposes of public outreach (e.g., an article in Coastwatch magazine, a presentation at a maritime center or planetarium, or to K-12 audiences).

Faculty Recommendation: Applicants must also provide a Recommendation Letter via the online system as part of their application. Additional Letters of Support may be provided from end-users, and other appropriate parties only if they enhance the application.

University transcripts: Unofficial transcripts from all institutions and from the current institution with grades through Fall 2016 are required and can be submitted as a PDF in the online application. Applicants must submit one transcript from each institution of higher education attended, whether as an undergraduate or graduate student. If the applicant is selected to receive the award, official transcripts will be required at time of acceptance. If the applicant does not have a PDF conversion tool, links to free on-line PDF converters are provided within the application.

The selection committee will be made up of university faculty in a variety of disciplines. Applicants should present their research project in a way that will be understandable to a range of readers.

Awardee Requirements
The Graduate Research Fellow must:

  • Provide a photo and biographical information upon selection;
  • Agree to abide by all reporting requests from NC Space Grant and NC Sea Grant;
  • Submit a Final Research Report that shall include a detailed summary of research results and an award impact statement. This information will be shared for review and use within NC Space Grant and/or NC Sea Grant;
  • Fellows are required to present their findings at a meeting, conference, or other formal gathering of professional organization(s), association(s), etc. among peer researchers, policy-makers, or another relevant audience.
  • Fellows are requested to share their research experiences and translate the results of their project into in a public forum or educational setting, a publication (e.g., Coastwatch magazine), and/or via social media and/or traditional media. Presentations that encourage interest in the research topic among the general public, policy-makers, and/or K-12 school students are encouraged;
  • Inform NC Space Grant of changes of address; and
  • Respond to academic and employment follow-up surveys administered as required by the federal government.

 

For questions, please contact:
Jobi Cook, Associate Director
NC Space Grant
911 Oval Drive
Engineering Building III, Room 4172
NC State University
Campus Box 7515
Raleigh, NC 27695-7515
jobi_cook@ncsu.edu
(919) 515-5933