Oregon Natural Resource Policy Fellowship

The Oregon Sea Grant College Program is soliciting applications for the 2017-18 Oregon Natural Resource Policy Fellowship. This fellowship is intended to give a student first-hand experience in natural resource policy at the state level. In so doing, the student will contribute to policies that will benefit natural resource managers, stakeholders, and user groups. The Natural Resource Policy Fellowship will place one graduate student fellow in an Oregon state agency or nonprofit for one year, starting between August and September 2017, depending on the needs of the student and host office. The student chosen for the fellowship will interview with host offices to find the best fit for the student and the office. If funding permits, more than one opportunity may be filled.

This year the Oregon Sea Grant Scholars Program is focused on broadening participation and diversity by restructuring our recruitment and review processes. Our intent is to be more inclusive of applicants from various cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds with unique lived experiences, skills and interests; including applicants that may have had fewer opportunities in the marine policy field. In line with initiative, applicants will have the opportunity to demonstrate how their experience with diverse stakeholder groups and communities might apply to this fellowship, and how they think this fellowship will advance their long-term career goals.

Application deadline: June 12, 2017, 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time

NEW! Did you miss the Natural Resource Policy Fellowship webinar? Watch a recording of this 20 minute webinar here.

NEW! 2017 Host Descriptions:

Eligible applicants: 
Eligible applicants are graduate students, from any college or university with a physical campus located in Oregon, who have completed their degree within the seventeen-month period prior to the time of the fellowship application deadline (after December 2015) OR are a current student within one year of completing their graduate degree. Preference will be given to those who will have completed their degree by the start of the fellowship. Women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply. Applicants must demonstrate a strong interest and experience in marine/coastal natural resource policy or related fields.

Schedule of dates:

  • Host office fellowship positions put on web: May 12, 2017
  • Informational Webinar: May 23, 2017 at 10:00 – 10:30 am PST - link to recorded webinar here
  • Submit intent to apply to eseagrant@oregonstate.edu by May 29, 2017
  • Application dueJune 12, 2017 by 5:00 pm PST
  • Interviews at OSU: early to mid- July
  • Decision announced: Mid- to late July
  • Fellowship begins: August or September, 2017
  • Period of fellowship: one year

Fellowship award:
The length of assignment is for one year and is nonrenewable. The official start date of the fellowship can be flexible to accommodate recipient and host office needs, and can occur between August and September 2017. The fellowship will pay $32,000 for the year in monthly stipend payments. The stipend will provide you with $2,666 per month to cover expenses during your full-time fellowship, which may include fellowship related professional development, educational supplies, and travel expenses.

How To apply: 
Oregon Sea Grant is using a new system, called eSeaGrant, for submitting fellowship applications. In order to access this system, you must email eseagrant@oregonstate.edu declaring your interest in applying. Email registration two weeks prior (May 29) to the application deadline is strongly preferred. Stating your interest does not obligate you to apply. Once you submit your interest in this fellowship, an eSeaGrant account will be created for you. All components of your application, including letters of recommendation, will be submitted through this system. This is a new system that may take some time to learn how to navigate, and we are here to provide assistance as needed; however, please do not wait until the last minute to apply.

Application requirements:
Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. All application materials must be received June 12, 2017, 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time in order to be considered. Applications that do not follow the formatting guidelines will not be considered. A complete application will include the following four (4) elements:

  1. A current résumé or curriculum vitae (CV). The résumé/CV must be in 12 point font with 1” margins, must not exceed two (2) pages in length, and must include the applicant’s name and contact information (including address, phone number, and email).

  2. A personal narrative statement. The statement must be in 12 point font with 1” margins, use 1.5 line spacing, must not exceed three (3) pages in length, and should describe the following:
    • Your interest and experience in coastal/marine natural resource policy or related fields
    • How the fellowship will advance you towards your future career goals
    • Your experience interacting with diverse communities or stakeholder groups and how this experience will help you succeed as a fellow
    • The placement in which you are most interested and why (2017 placements will be available online no later than May 12, 2017)
  3. Clear, scanned copies of up-to-date transcripts for all graduate and undergraduate coursework. At the application stage, unofficial copies are acceptable. If you are selected for this fellowship, official transcripts will be required at that time.  If possible, please redact your birthdate, social security number, and/or student ID number redacted, if included on your transcript. Please do not have these sent separately, but include the copies of your transcripts with your application.

  4. Two letters of recommendation (one must be from the student's major professor or advisor). The second letter of recommendation can come from anyone of your choosing familiar with your abilities. The applicant will request letters of recommendation directly through the eSeaGrant system, and the letter writer will upload their digital letter of recommendation onto eSeaGrant. Make sure your recommendation writers have sufficient time to get the letter to us by or before the application deadline; letters of recommendation must arrive by the application deadline for the application to be considered.

NEW! 2017 Host Descriptions:

Recent host offices (hosts change from year to year):

  • Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Portland OR
  • Haystack Rock Awareness Program, Cannon Beach, OR
  • South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Charleston OR
  • Governor's Natural Resources Office
  • Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Newport OR
    • ODFW Marine Recreational Catch Reconstruction
    • ODFW Marine Reserves
  • Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership Landscape Conservation Design, Portland OR
  • Tillamook Estuaries Partnership Comprehensive Conservation Plan

Selection Process:
A selection team, usually comprised of Oregon Sea Grant staff, a member of the Oregon Sea Grant Advisory Council and another party (such as faculty or agency staff), evaluates each candidate’s submitted written material based on these criteria: academic ability; communications skills; diversity and relevance of academic background to the available fellowship opportunity; additional qualifying experience (e.g., relevant work experience); support of recommendation letter writers; benefit of the fellowship to applicant’s long term goals, experience interacting with diverse stakeholder groups or communities,  and, interest and experience in marine/coastal natural resource policy or a related field.

Top candidates will be interviewed in early to mid-July. Interviews will be conducted by members of the selection team and by the Oregon Sea Grant director. The selected candidate(s) will interview with potential host offices of their choice in mid- to late July. The one-year long fellowship is scheduled to begin between August and September, depending on the arrangement between the student and the host office.

Oregon Sea Grant strongly discourages any contact between applicants and potential host offices before the interview process.

Find out more about past Oregon Sea Grant Natural Resource Policy Fellows here: http://seagrant.oregonstate.edu/education/sea-grant-scholars/meet-scholars

Additional Information:
For additional information about the Oregon Natural Resource Policy Fellowship, contact:

Mary Pleasant
Research and Scholars Coordinator
Oregon Sea Grant
Phone: 541-737-0661; Email