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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. All emails to Oregon Sea Grant regarding this Fellowship should reference “Oregon Natural Resource Policy Fellowship” in the subject line.
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 email@example.com by the specified deadline (see Schedule of Dates above).
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 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):
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