RELEASE: Applications For $25,000 Fellowship At Ogeechee Riverkeeper Open

Ogeechee Riverkeeper
Contact: Meaghan Gerard
Communications and Administrative Director

The annual fellowship provides research opportunities in the watershed

Ogeechee Riverkeeper (ORK) is accepting applications for the annual research fellowship through October 15, 2022. The fellowship, which runs through the 2023 calendar year, is designed to support research activities for graduate students conducting work in the Ogeechee River Basin as part of their degree program. The $25,000 fellowship will be awarded to a single student. 

“Research is important to our mission to protect the waterways in our basin,” said Damon Mullis, executive director and riverkeeper of ORK. “This fellowship will spur more interest in our basin and result in more academic research projects.”

In January 2022, ORK launched a new research fellowship to be filled each year. The 2022 fellowship focused on different native crayfish species, including Procambarus petersi, an endemic species commonly called the Ogeechee Crayfish. The fellowship is underwritten by investments secured from the 2011 fish kill settlement. 

Students can find guidelines and application details at

About Ogeechee Riverkeeper: Ogeechee Riverkeeper 501(c)(3) works to protect, preserve, and improve the water quality of the Ogeechee River basin, which includes all of the streams flowing out to Ossabaw Sound and St. Catherine’s Sound. The Canoochee River is about 108 miles long and the Ogeechee River itself is approximately 245 miles long. The Ogeechee River system drains more than 5,500 square miles across 21 counties in Georgia. More at