Graduate Research Fellowships

CIGLR sponsors competitive Graduate Research Fellowships each year that provide graduate students $25,000 to work at Regional Consortium University Partner institutions on research in the Great Lakes related to CIGLR’s research themes, in collaboration with CIGLR or NOAA research scientists.  Fellowship funds may be used for tuition, stipends, research supplies, and/or travel.

The goals of this program are: 1) to provide training and educational opportunities for students who will become the next generation of Great Lakes researchers, 2) enhance collaborations between CIGLR’s University Partners and PIs at NOAA GLERL, and 3) increase student retention within the freshwater aquatic sciences.


  • The 2020 Graduate Research Fellowship application deadline has passed.
    Please check back in September 2020 for the 2021 fellowship application. 

We seek to use these fellowships to increase diversity in STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and math), and thus, strongly encourage applications from students who identify with groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in government and academic workforces.

Current Graduate Research Fellows