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NEW DUE DATE FOR APPLICATIONS is April 8, 2024 (as of February 12, 2024)

One of Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant’s (IISG) long-term goals is to help build a community of researchers and outreach professionals focused on critically important Lake Michigan issues. The IISG Scholars programs are designed to help build this community by introducing researchers to the issues and the individuals, organizations, and communities that are affected by them. In addition, the programs are intended to help graduate student scholars further the impact of their research, and help faculty scholars develop innovative, fundable proposals for future work in the region. View examples of past scholar projects in our newsroom.

The 2024 IISG Scholars competition is now open for graduate students only. The IISG Faculty Scholars Program is on hiatus for 2024, but faculty with research ideas that could benefit the IISG mission are encouraged to contact IISG to discuss them.

Applicants to the IISG Graduate Student Scholars Program can request up to $10,000 to support research expenses, graduate student stipends, travel, or other activities that help expand the scholarly or societal impact of their research. Awards are issued for one year and activities should be completed during that year. IISG expects to support 9–10 graduate student scholars in 2024. Projects are anticipated to start June 1, 2024 and end May 31, 2025.

Learn more by reading the full Request for Applications

Applicants should submit materials via by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on April 8, 2024. Questions about this opportunity should be directed to IISG Research Coordinator Carolyn Foley at IISG staff members will only be available to answer questions until 5:00 p.m. CT on April 8, 2024.

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant is a partnership between NOAA, University of Illinois Extension, and Purdue University Forestry and Natural Resources, bringing science together with communities for solutions that work. Sea Grant is a network of 34 science, education and outreach programs located in every coastal and Great Lakes state, Lake Champlain, Puerto Rico and Guam.


Contact: Carolyn Foley

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