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:
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):
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 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):
For addition information about the Oregon Natural Resource Policy Fellowship, contact:
Oregon Sea Grant
Phone: 541-737-0661; Email