NOAA Graduate Fellowship - Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems (CCME-II)

Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems II

UPDATE: HRI is recruiting a new cohort for CCME-II Student Fellowships to start between Fall 2024 and July 2025

Through the Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems (CCME-II), a partnership led by Florida A&M University, HRI provides support for a limited number of graduate students pursuing applied research in National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) mission-related scientific focal areas. CCME is one of four educational Cooperative Science Centers funded under the NOAA Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions.

Three NOAA priorities are targeted for research under the program: Coastal Resilience, Coastal Intelligence, and Place-Based Conservation (see NOS Roadmap).

Students accepted into CCME-II will receive the following support:

Direct Financial Support

Each scholar will receive a monthly stipend, health insurance, tuition for a full load of classes, travel to conferences, professional development, and funding to cover certain research-related expenses.

Center Wide Core Competency (CWCC) Course

Scholars receive this course, teaching them about NOAA focal areas and how to integrate natural and social sciences into solutions for coastal communities and ecosystems. The CWCC uses a problem-based learning activity to teach how natural and anthropogenic stressors affect use and management of resources in coastal environments. The course explores human-use demands on coastal systems, management approaches and policies, site characterization techniques, ecosystem assessment and valuation, big data, and analysis of policy making paradigms and socioeconomic issues.

NOAA Experiential Research and Training Opportunities (NERTO)

HRI faculty and staff will help scholars identify NOAA internships and experiential training opportunities, and assist with resume and application preparation. Through this unique experience, each scholar will work under a NOAA scientist at a NOAA facility over a 12-week period gaining valuable experience, skills, connections, and a meritorious achievement to add to their curriculum vitae.

Travel to Present Student Research at Conferences

Scholars present their work at scientific conferences with CCME travel funding. All scholars present at the NOAA EPP Biennial Education and Science Forum.


To be eligible for the CCME-II Fellowship, students must be U.S. citizens, maintain full-time status and a minimum of 3.0 Grade Point Average, and not be engaged in full-time employment outside the CCME program and/or academic institution. Students must be accepted into an appropriate science graduate degree program to become a CCME scholar and must adhere to the degree program application deadlines. The HRI Chairs and Endowed Chairs select students for the program and, if selected, will supervise their research.

To inquire or apply, students should identify a potential HRI faculty supervisor based on their interests, send an email with a brief explanation of their academic background and research goals, and attach a CV.

Additional CCME-II Information