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Baruch Visiting Fellow Program

Baruch Visiting Fellow awards support investigators interested in spending up to a year in residence at the Baruch Marine Field Laboratory.


Investigators who would benefit from close proximity to a variety of salt marsh/estuarine habitats and a modern research facility are encouraged to apply. We especially encourage scientists with interests in establishing collaborative long-term grant-funded research and education programs in the area. Proposals will be favored that leverage existing infrastructure, extant BMFL and NOAA databases, the North Inlet – Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserveongoing projectson-site researchers, and associated faculty at the School of the Earth, Ocean, and Environment (SEOE).  


The award will provide $5,000 of discretionary research equipment and travel funding coupled with up to $50,000 of in-kind support. The in-kind support may include laboratory and office space, equipment usage, staff assistance, intern time, use of small boats and trucks, and on-site accommodations.  

Residency may range from 1 to 12 months. Spring-Summer, Summer-Fall, or year-round stays may be especially suitable as sabbatical options. Families are welcome and can be accommodated in our comfortable, yet rustic, cottages.


During their time in residence, awardees will be expected to:

  • establish the proposed lasting collaborative program
  • produce a minimum of one quality academic product (i.e., grant proposal or peer reviewed publication)
  • present a research seminar
  • Subsequently, awardees will be expected to finalize remaining academic products in order to assure mutually beneficial continuing collaboration.


Application Package

1.    Proposal letter with the following information (2-page maximum):

  • current area of research
  • theme, novelty, need, and long-term sustainability of the proposed project
  • collaborative nature of the proposed project with reference to resident BMFL and/or USC main campus researchers
    required field, laboratory, and equipment access
  • specific expected deliverables (e.g., grant proposals, journal articles, educational program establishment)

2.    Preliminary timeline (1-page maximum) including project tasks and resource
        (boat/accommodation/truck/staff) needs. Any important deadlines regarding the granting of leave
        should be included to ensure applications are reviewed in the appropriate timeframe.

3.    Projected bifurcated budget and justification (1-page maximum) for the

        a.    $5,000 of discretionary funds available for travel and research expenses and
        b.    $50,000 of in-kind support available for laboratory/office space, staff assistance,
                boat/truck use, and accommodations.
                Please apply our standard rates posted here.

4.    CV (no page limit)


Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Questions are encouraged during proposal preparation. Please direct inquiries and applications to:

      Dr. William Strosnider
      843-904-9031  /


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