Funding Opportunities

Internal Funding Opportunities


GSA Student Research Grant

  • Up to $1,000 for research supplies not covered by other funding sources
  • Awarded 1x per semester 
  • Contact: Rachel Dixon (
2022-2023 Term:
RFP Announcement              Application Deadline           Spending Period
Fall               September 26th          Oct 10th - Feb 3rd 
Spring              January 21st           Feb 4th - May 31st
2023 Onward:
RFP Announcement             Application Deadline             Spending Period
Fall               July 18th           Aug 1st - Dec 31st
Spring              December 18th            Jan 1st - May 31st


GSA Student Travel Grant

  • Up to $300 for attending conferences. Preference is given to students that have not yet received the reformatted award.
  • These funds can be used to reimburse registration fees/abstract submission fees that have already been paid.
  • Online application due by 11:59 PM September 23rd, 2022: Click here to apply.
  • Contact: VIMS GSA (
RFP Announcement             Application Deadline             Travel Period
Fall             September 23rd            Oct 7th-Feb 6th
Spring             January 23rd                            Feb 7th - June 1
Summer*             May 20th                               June 2nd - Oct 6th

*Note: Summer travel grants will be included in the following fiscal year, so reimbursements of summer expenditures cannot begin until July at the earliest. 

External Funding Opportunities


Funding Opportunities - A compiled list (pdf) of potential graduate student funding opportunities. Updated March 2016.

Eligibility in 1st Year

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

  • 3 years of support ($30,000 stipend, $10,500 tuition)

EPA STAR Fellowship

  • 3 years of support (stipend and tuition, varies by degree)
Eligibility during graduate career

Anchor QEA Scholarship

  • For research support ($500-$5,000)

Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program

  • 1 year of support ($30,000 stipend, $12,000 tuition, $10,000 research

GWIS National Fellowships

  • For women conducting graduate research ($1,000-$5,000 for research)

Lerner-Gray Grants for Marine Research

  • Research support ($500-$2,000)

MTS Student Scholarships

  • For research support ($1,000-$2,500); must be a student member (free)

NERRS Graduate Research Fellowship

  • 1-3 years of support ($20,000 stipend)

Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

  • 1 year of support ($49,000)

Smithsonian Graduate Student Fellowships

  • 3 years of support ($30,000 stipend) for predoctoral fellowships, research support ($6,500) for students
Eligibility in final year of PhD

AAUW American Fellowship

  • For women completing their doctoral dissertations

Josephine De Karman Fellowship

  • 1 year of support ($22,000 stipend) for those defending by the next calendar year