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Award applications due no later than March 3rd, 2024


The mission of the Atlantic Estuarine Research Society (AERS) is to bring together students, scientists, managers, and educators from the states of DE, MD, NC, NJ, PA, and VA and Washington, DC to discuss estuarine and coastal environmental issues and policies. It is our intent to a foster broader interest in our environment by increasing public awareness of current issues.

The intent of the Student Small Research Grant Award is to encourage and reward students with a clear research question and approach by defraying the costs of pursuing their stated goals. Eligible research will be relevant to the overall mission of AERS and reflect excellence in academic rigor and student potential. Further, this award will add value to students beyond meetings, encourage and reward excellence in student research scholarship, and strengthen the scientifically rigorous reputation of AERS.


The grant offers up to $2,500 in research support to any degree-seeking student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program. We strongly encourage applications from students based or conducting research in estuaries in the Mid-Atlantic region (Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and North Carolina). Funds may be used for purposes such as covering travel to field sites, the purchase of scientific equipment or supplies. Purchase of materials for unrelated projects, indirect costs, or to attend scientific conferences outside of AERS will not be supported

Who can apply?

To apply, you must:

• Be an undergraduate or graduate student with an interest in estuarine scientific research, who is currently enrolled at an educational institution.

• Conduct research or attend school in our region. Our society is based in the Mid-Atlantic area. Applications are welcome from students anywhere within the United States, although we strongly encourage applications from students based or conducting research in the mid-Atlantic region.

• Execute original research. Literature reviews will not be considered, though meta-analyses and synthesis papers that introduce original questions, research, data analyses, concepts, or new perspectives will be considered


Your completed application must include:

  • cover letter and abstract file
  • grant template file to include:  Proposal, references,budget, and CV
  • recommendation(s) from the research advisor
Applicants are responsible for confirming that their letter writer submitted a recommendation by the due date

All materials for the 2024 award period must be sent to no later than March 3rd, 2024

Application, detailed instructions,and example budget can be found here

Evaluation criteria for the grant can be found here

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