Research Traineeship Program

Georgia Sea Grant strives to identify qualified undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines displaying evidence of high-levels of motivation and the capability to pursue marine, coastal and ocean science research.

Important Dates

Prospective Applicant Webinar
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Application Deadline 
March 15, 2021

Under the supervision of faculty and professional mentors, Sea Grant Research Trainees will undertake research projects that advance the goals and objectives outlined in Georgia Sea Grant’s Strategic Plan. A Sea Grant Research Trainee is a full-time registered undergraduate or graduate student who is working towards a degree related to marine, ocean or coastal sciences. Through sustained interactions with faculty and professional mentors, Sea Grant Trainees will conduct high-quality research, understand the relevance and impact of their research on the real world and gain critical professional skills.

The purpose of this request for applications is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific workforce by supporting original and innovative student research projects that address one or more priorities identified in our 2018-2021 Strategic Plan. 

Each academic year, Georgia Sea Grant will invest nearly $120,000 in its Research Traineeship Program. Graduate Traineeship applicants can request up to $25,000 in assistantship, materials, and/or travel. Undergraduate Traineeship applicants can request up to $4,000 in stipend to cover expenses associated with a research project.


  • Prospective Sea Grant Trainees must either be enrolled or prepared to enroll in a university, college, or non-profit academic institution of higher education accredited in, and having a campus located in Georgia, no later than fall of the year the award is accepted.
  • Students may apply before enrolling in a degree-granting program, but all prospective Sea Grant Trainees must be affiliated with an institution of higher education in Georgia, at the time of acceptance through completion or termination of the Traineeship.
  • All applicants must identify a faculty mentor under whose supervision the Sea Grant Trainee will conduct research. The mentor is usually a faculty advisor at any institution of higher education in Georgia.
  • In addition to faculty mentors, potential applicants must identify a professional mentor who will be an individual representing an outreach group or education group or an end-user community or stakeholder group.

We strongly encourage applications from Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in Georgia.

Guidelines for Submitting Applications

Georgia Sea Grant uses a web-based system called eSeaGrant (eSG) that allows preparation, submission, and management of applications online. Mandatory registration is required before the pre-proposal submission process. Applications that are not submitted via eSG will not be considered.

Prior to submitting an application, the prospective applicant must complete a one-time registration process in the eSG. It can take as long as two weeks to complete the registration process so it is critical to begin as soon as possible before the pre-proposal due date.

Instructions on how to register to use the system and how to upload your proposal to the eSG system can be viewed here. 


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