Graduate Funding

In general, teaching and research assistantships require a commitment of 20 hours per week (one-half time) by the students, although some research assistantships are funded on an hourly basis. Fellowships require no specific time commitment, however, students are expected to spend a substantial portion of their time working on their academic and research programs.

Exploring the Chemical Ecology of Tropical Marine Systems Scholarship

Deadline for Applications:  February 15, 2019

Class dates:  May 6 – 30, 2019, In the Bahamas: May 11-25
Where:  Kenyon Research Centre, Abaco, Bahamas
Total cost of the class:  ~$3299* (based on the cost of tuition at USA)  
Program costs included flights; all overseas transportation, including all specified excursions and airport transfers; accommodations; all daily meals; and international health insurance and emergency assistance.  
*This could vary slightly, dependent on the tuition cost for each MESC school.  

Students will learn about the chemical ecology of tropical marine ecosystems through active hands-on learning in coral reef ecosystems in the Abaco Islands, Bahamas. Students will be will learn about benthic community structure, food web dynamics, marine biochemistry and primary and secondary metabolite production and use in these environments. Formal lectures will be accompanied by activities in the field to fully immerse students into the topics discussed in the classroom. Students will work together to develop research questions focused on tropical marine chemical ecology, and actively participate in research to investigate these questions. 

Scholarship/Funding:  Scholarship opportunities are available from CiguaPIRE (an NSF funded program to facilitate international research and education) to assist with the costs of the course.  Space will be limited, and scholarship money will be awarded to students meeting the criteria for the award after evaluation of all applicants.  Applications review will evaluate interest, life experiences in addition to educational performance.  Scholarship amount will be awarded based on the number of students that apply but will be no less than $1000 per student. Students scholarships can be used towards all costs except tuition.  

Important Dates:
Application deadline:  February 15, 2019
Decisions made by February 20, 2019
USA OIE Deposit due:  February 22, 2019 (USA students only*)
DISL course deposit due:  March 8, 2019

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Research Assistantships

Numerous graduate students are funded through extramurally-funded research assistantships that are available through individual faculty through their research programs.

Most students obtain research assistantships through their faculty advisor, however, in some cases students may be able to obtain assistantships through other DISL faculty who are in need of help with their research projects.

Interested students should contact prospective faculty directly to obtain information on prospective funding opportunities that have not yet been formally announced.

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DISL-FDA Graduate Fellowships

Fellowships are open to in-coming and existing graduate students working under the direction of a DISL resident faculty member and FDA researcher. Students must have applied to or be currently enrolled at a DISL member school.  Interested applicants should contact Dr. Ruth H. Carmichael  ( for more information. 

Application Packet  

Policies and Procedures for DISL-FDA Graduate Fellowship

Research Plan Format

Research Proposal Format