Student Fellowships

Great Lakes Summer Fellows Program

CIGLR administers an annual Great Lakes Summer Fellows Program, in partnership with the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL). This program helps place promising undergraduate and graduate students with both university and Federal research mentors. Through this program, students work on substantive research issues in the Great Lakes and undergo a career training program that equips them with the knowledge and skills to be the next generation of Great Lakes scientists. Principal investigators from CIGLR, NOAA GLERL, and Regional Consortium Partners (University Partners and Private Sector Partners) are invited to submit fellowship position proposals. Fellowship position proposals from Regional Consortium members must include co-mentorship by a NOAA GLERL or CIGLR PI; applicants are encouraged to contact potential GLERL or CIGLR co-mentors to discuss proposed research before applying. We will be offering seven (7) summer fellowships during 2021, with the potential for additional fellowships funded directly through CIGLR research projects or Regional Consortium Partner support.

Visit the Student Opportunities page for more information about the program, including past position descriptions. 


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.


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.