Oregon Natural Resource Policy Fellowship

The Oregon Sea Grant College Program is soliciting applications for the 2016-2017 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 2016, 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.

Application deadline: June 10, 2016, 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time

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 2014) or are within one year of completing their graduate 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:

  • Host office fellowship positions put on web: May 13, 2016
  • Informational Webinar: May 27, 2016 at 10:00 – 10:30 am PST; register by emailing seagrant.admin@oregonstate.edu. (Please include “Webinar: Oregon Natural Resource Policy Fellowship” in the subject line.)
  • Application due: June 10, 2016 by 5:00 pm PST
  • Interviews at OSU: late June – early July
  • Decision announced: Mid- to late July
  • Fellowship begins: August or September, 2016
  • 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 2016. 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 do both of the following no later than 2 weeks before the application deadline (by May 27, 2016):

  1. Notify Oregon Sea Grant 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.
  2. Register for an eSeaGrant account by copying and pasting this web address: eseagrant.oregonstate.edu. Click on the "Register" tab and complete the required information. ESeaGrant is a new system we are rolling out for fellowship application submissions. Further instructions on submitting your application via eSeaGrant are forthcoming.

Application requirements: Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. All application materials must be received June 10, 2016, 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:

  • 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. 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 official transcripts with your application. *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. You may make a copy or scan the official transcripts to submit with your application.
  • 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 will be submitted separately from the rest of your application, directly from the letter writer. Further instructions forthcoming. 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.

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; and, interest (and experience) in marine/coastal natural resource policy.

Top candidates will be interviewed in late June or early 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

Example Host Office Natural Resource Policy Fellowship Opportunities from 2015: /sites/seagrant.oregonstate.edu/files/nrpf_host_summaries_2015.pdf

 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

Additional Information

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

Mary Pleasant
Oregon Sea Grant
Phone: 541-737-0661; Email