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Student and Faculty Support


The Coastal Institute (CI) provides student support through its grant program and the TNC/URI Global Marine Initiative.

TNC/URI Global Marine Initiative Fellowship

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the CI annually award a Global Marine Initiative Fellowship to a graduate student through a competitive process. This funding supports scholarly research in ocean and estuarine science and policy, resulting in tangible products used to advance the state of knowledge in a specific topic area. Application information for 2019 will be announced in December 2018.

Congratulations to the 2017 University of Rhode Island award recipients:

Amber Hardy, Biological and Environmental Sciences, College of the Environment and Life Sciences (Research Advisor: Dr. Mark Stolt, College of the Environment and Life Sciences): Using Thin-Layer Deposition to Manage Sea-Level Rise in Tidal Marshes.

Rebecca Stevick, Biological Oceanography, Graduate School of Oceanography (Research Advisors: Dr. Marta Gomez-Chiarri, College of the Environment and Life Sciences and Dr. Anton Post, Graduate School of Oceanography): Effects of Estuarine Acidification on the Adult Eastern Oyster Microbiomes and Health in Narragansett Bay.

Paul Carvalho, Fisheries, Animal and Veterinary Sciences, URI College of the Environment and Life Sciences (Research Advisor: Dr. Austin Humphries, College of Environmental Life Sciences): The Ecological Potential for Gear-Based Solutions in Coral Reef Fisheries Conservation and Management.

Coastal Institute Senior Fellow Program

The Coastal Institute Senior Fellows Program is a recommendation-only based program of established and early-career researchers who have a distinguished record and/or aspirations as a scholar or practitioner in advancing knowledge or working to solve environmental problems in coastal environments from a variety of disciplines.

These Senior Fellows represent state agencies, academic institutions, and community members, and are eligible to apply for funding through the Coastal Institute Grants-in-Aid and participate in Coastal Institute-sponsored events.

Coastal Institute Grants are offered as Catalyst Grants and Leveraging Grants. Catalyst Grants are available to individuals who need assistance to jumpstart a research project or a collaborative enterprise focusing on coastal ecosystem management with the anticipation of major proposal(s) to be submitted using research/data generated by the funding. Leveraging Grants are available for projects that add value to funded research and activities that further the mission of the Coastal Institute and enhance the reputation of URI.

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