Oregon Natural Resource Policy Fellowship

The Oregon Sea Grant College Program annually solicits applications (funds permitting) for an 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 for one year, starting between May 2015 and July 2015, depending on the needs of the student and agency. The student chosen for the fellowship will interview with Oregon state agencies to find the best fit for the student and the agency. If funding permits, more than one opportunity may be filled.

Application deadline: Closed. Next deadline: Spring 2016.

Eligible applicants:  Eligible applicants are graduate students, from any college or university with a physical campus located in Oregon, who have completed their graduate degree within the eighteen (18) month period prior to the time of the fellowship application deadline  or are within one year of completing the degree. Preference will be given to those who have completed their degree or will have completed 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.

Schedule of dates:

  • Announcement released: February
  • Host agency fellowship positions posted to Web: mid-March
  • Application due: Mid-March,
  • Interviews at OSU: early April
  • Decision announced: mid- to late April
  • Fellowship begins: May, June, or July
  • 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 agency needs, and can occur between May and July of the fellowship year. The fellowship will pay $31,200 for the year in monthly stipend payments of $2,600; plus $800 for travel expenses and educational supplies (such as books, conference materials, etc.).

How To apply:  If you plan to apply, you should notify Oregon Sea Grant no later than 2 weeks before the application deadline by sending a short/simple email expressing your interest to seagrant.admin@oregonstate.edu. All emails to Oregon Sea Grant regarding this Fellowship should reference “Oregon Natural Resource Policy Fellowship” in the subject line.

Application requirements:

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. The resume/CV, personal statement, and transcripts must be combined into a single PDF document. Please make sure to include your last name in the file name (for example, NRPF_App_Smith.pdf). Applications must be sent by email as a PDF attachment to seagrant.admin@oregonstate.edu by the specified deadline (see Schedule of Dates above).

A complete application will include the following four (4) elements;

  • 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).
  • A personal narrative statement of purpose describing your interest and experience in coastal/marine natural resource policy, your future career goals and how the fellowship applies, and the placement in which you are most interested and why. The personal narrative statement must be in 12 point font with 1” margins, use 1.5 line spacing, and must not exceed three (3) pages in length.
  • Copies of official up-to-date transcripts* of all graduate and undergraduate coursework with 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 official transcripts within your application pdf.

    *An official up-to-date transcript is one printed on official transcript paper and sent to you by your school’s Registrar’s Office or sent to you as a secure electronic (PDF) document with Registrar's signature/school seal, displaying your course work to date at that institution. 
  • 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. Letters of recommendation can arrive separately either by email (seagrant.admin@oregonstate.edu) and/or hard copy (Natural Resource Policy Fellowship; Oregon Sea Grant; 1600 SW Western Blvd, Ste. 350; Corvallis, OR 97333). 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.

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 appropriateness of academic background; additional qualifying experience (e.g., relevant work experience); support of recommendation letter writers; and, relevance of applicant’s academic background and interests to the available fellowship opportunity.

Top candidates will be interviewed in February. 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 agency offices of their choice at the beginning of March. The one-year long fellowship is scheduled to begin between March and July, depending on the arrangement between the student and the host agency.

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

 Recent host agencies (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

Additional Information

For addition information about the Oregon Natural Resource Policy Fellowship, contact:

Dr. Sarah Kolesar
Oregon Sea Grant
Oregon State University
1600 SW Western Boulevard, Suite 350
Corvallis, Oregon 97333
Fax: 541-737-7958