Student Fellowships

Student Fellowship Opportunities

CIGLR offers two fellowship programs that support student research opportunities, in order to train the next generation of Great Lakes researchers.

Great Lacilergroupshot_outdoor_2016kes Summer Fellows Program

CIGLR administers an annual Great Lakes Summer Fellows Program, in partnership with NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab (GLERL). This program helps place promising undergraduate* (junior or senior) 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.

Applications closed for 2018 fellowships (deadline February 18, 2018)

•  2018 Application Information
•  2018 Position Descriptions
•  Current & Past Summer Fellows

*We encourage undergraduate freshmen and sophomores interested in environmental fellowships to apply for the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program.


labuhnGraduate Research Fellowships

CIGLR sponsors 2 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.