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Funding Your Degree

Teaching Assistantships

Qualified graduate students are offered teaching assistantships.  These typically require assisting in the teaching of two introductory (Biology, Marine Science, or Physics) labs each semester.  At present, teaching assistants are paid $4375 per semester and are given reduced tuition. You must submit an Application for Graduate Assistantship with your Application for Admission.

Research Assistantships

Qualified graduate students can be offered research assistantships.  These typically require work on a funded research project.  Payment varies and students are usually given reduced tuition.  Check with individual professors to determine availability.

GK-12 Fellowships

The GK-12 program at Coastal Carolina University (CCU) teams GK-12 Fellows from the Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies (CMWS) graduate program with cooperating teachers and undergraduates to build STEM-related partnerships between the university and local schools and to enhance the educational programs and experience for students at the middle school, high school, and university level. Each year six CMWS masters students will be selected as GK-12 Fellows. Fellows will be awarded a $30,000 Fellowship and a $10,500 cost-of education allotment, both funded by the National Science Foundation's GK-12 Program. Eligible students include those who have completed two semesters and are in good academic standing with the CMWS Program. http://kingfish.coastal.edu/GK-12/


  1. The Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies graduate program is committed to providing funds and resources to support student research.  Every student is required to develop a modest budget for the proposed research. The budget should include all identifiable costs associated with the research including boat use and should be approved by the student’s advisory committee. As expenses are incurred, students are expected to follow all university policies regarding purchasing and reimbursement.       
  2. The Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies graduate program will provide travel funds for students to make presentations at scientific meetings and for  specialized student training. Requests should be made in writing to the       Program Coordinator.  The program does not fund travel to and from the research site and does not fund travel to simply attend scientific meetings.       
  3. The University Research Council (URC) offers Graduate Research Incentive Grants.  The grants are competitive       with two submission deadlines each academic year.  Contact the Director of Graduate Studies.


  1. The Slocum-Lunz Foundation provides grants only for students conducting research in marine science at Universities and Colleges in South Carolina.  Preference is given to graduate students who are well into their research, but beginning graduate students and advanced undergraduates will be considered.  Awards are to be used for research and not for living expenses, books, travel to meetings, tuition or indirect costs.  Grants usually do not exceed $1200.Proposals must be postmarked by March 15.  Funding will be awarded to the home institution following annual Foundation meeting in late April.  Please submit the proposal to:The  Slocum-Lunz Foundation,C/O Wallace Jenkins, Department of Natural Resources,  P.O. Box 12559, Charleston, SC    29422-2559, Jenkinsw@dnr.sc.gov
  2. The National Estuarine Research Reserve Graduate Research Fellowship Program provides a remarkable opportunity for students to follow their academic passions in living laboratories, gain hands-on experience working with reserve programs in research/monitoring, education, and stewardship.  Fellows contribute to scientific understanding of estuaries and coastal management in a collaborative and supportive environment. http://www.nerrs.noaa.gov/GRFDefault.aspx?ID=13
  3. The Garden Club of America administers many grant and fellowship programs targeting graduate and undergraduate students.  http://www.gcamerica.org/scholarships.php3
  4. The M.K. Pentecost Ecology Fund awards annual grants to organizations whose work fulfills the mission and provisions of the Grant. The Grant is administered by Savannah Presbytery's M.K. Pentecost Ecology Fund Committee, and its Coordinator, Lynn Garis. The Fund was established by Mr. M.K. Pentecost, Jr. for "the presbytery's ministry of environmental justice and ecological stewardship of natural resources including marine and wild life. The funds are to be used for promoting the support of conservation efforts, education, and studies in key environmental issues of endangered ecosystems and ecological projects which are approved by the presbytery." The M.K. Pentecost Ecology Fund
  5. The South Carolina Aquatic Plant Management Society is seeking applications for its annual Phillip M.       Fields Scholarship Award. The Society intends to award a $3,000 scholarship to the successful applicant in the fall of 2010. Scholarship funds may be used by the recipient to cover costs associated with education and research expenses. Eligible applicants must be enrolled as full time undergraduate or graduate students in an accredited college or university in the United States. Course work or research in an area related to the biology, ecology or management of aquatic plants in       the Southeast is also required. http://www.scapms.org/scapmsscholarship.htm
  6. The PADI FOUNDATION encourages and supports underwater science, environmental projects, and education. The Foundation will fund and assist worthwhile projects that will enrich mankind's understanding of the aquatic environment and encourage sensitivity to and  protection of the delicate ecological balance of underwater life. The Foundation will also fund worthwhile projects to increase understanding of sport diving physics and physiology that will benefit the general diving public and add to the scientific understanding of man's relationship and ability to survive in the underwater environment. http://www.padifoundation.org/
  7. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that preserves and restores our nation’s native wildlife species and habitats. Created by Congress in 1984, NFWF directs public conservation dollars to the most pressing environmental needs and matches those investments with private funds. The Foundation’s method is       simple and effective: we work with a full complement of individuals, foundations, government agencies, nonprofits, and corporations to identify and fund the nation’s most intractable conservation challenges.