“VEE is pleased to have been part of the original supporters of the Commonwealth Fellowship in 2017 and to be a partner with Virginia Sea Grant and state agencies in continuing to give recent post-graduate students a real-life experience working at the intersection of science and policy in state natural resource agencies. We are also encouraged to see that several of these very talented young people end up in state government positions where they can continue to make a difference.”
– Joe Maroon
Virginia Environmental Endowment
2021 Commonwealth Coastal & Marine Policy Fellowship
Deadline: April 23, 2021
- Virginia graduate students nearing completion of a master’s, Ph.D., or J.D.
- Recent Virginia graduates who have completed a master’s, Ph.D., or J.D. after spring semester, 2020.
- Degree must be in a coastal & marine-related, or relevant field (see full Commonwealth Fellowship Announcement.)
- Strong interest and some experience in coastal or marine resource policy and management.
- All degree requirements must be completed prior to starting the fellowship.
In addition to their work responsibilities to the host office, selected fellows will:
- Collaborate with VASG’s Communication Center: Assist VASG efforts to publicize their research and fellowship activities. Fellows are required to submit blog posts and share story ideas.
- Work with VASG’s Professional Development Coordinator: To develop and launch an individual professional development plan, based on your short- and long-term professional goals.
- Collaborate with Your Mentor: Work closely with your host office mentor, including identifying opportunities to execute your individual professional development plan.
- Attend VASG Events: Participate in regular meetings with VASG, including: An orientation meeting at the beginning of the fellowship; VASG-sponsored professional development activities; and an exit interview at the conclusion of the fellowship.
Virginia Sea Grant and the Virginia Environmental Endowment anticipate supporting three post-graduate fellows for the 2021 Commonwealth Coastal & Marine Policy Fellowship.
Length: 12-month, nonrenewable fellowship assignment
Start Date: October 1, 2021
Funding: $35,000 stipend, $5,000 for critical expenses and professional development activities
HOW TO APPLY
For full details including fellowship requirements, application guidelines, evaluation criteria, and review and selection process, download the fellowship announcement. For additional information on the how to submit your application to VASG, refer to the eSeaGrant Instructions.
Intent to Apply
All applicants are required to contact VASG’s Fellowship and Research Program Coordinator, Sam Lake, to indicate their interest in the fellowship, discuss the application process, and to schedule their virtual interview. Notifications can be sent as a short e-mail expressing your interest in the fellowship. Please reference “Commonwealth Fellowship” in the subject line.
Application Submission & eSeaGrant
Applications must be submitted online via eSeaGrant. If you plan to apply, we strongly recommend notifying VASG and registering for eSeaGrant at least two weeks in advance of the deadline.
To maintain confidentiality, VASG requires that letters are NOT submitted with the student’s application. Recommendation letters must be requested and uploaded through eSeaGrant. There is no page limit for letters, but VASG recommends that letters not exceed two pages and not include attachments. Please address letters to Dr. Troy Hartley, Director, Virginia Sea Grant.
APPLICATION PROCESS TIMELINE
April 23, 2021
Applications due to VASG by 5:00 p.m. EST
Notification of finalists
Selected finalists interview with host offices
Late August 2021
Fellows notified of placements
October 1, 2021
“My fellowship has provided a tremendous opportunity for me to leverage the coastal science I studied in graduate school directly to state level policies and plans. From writing pieces of Congressional Testimonies to State legislation, it has been fulfilling to see peer-reviewed research make its way into policy.”
– Ben N.
2018 Commonwealth Fellow
FOSTERING A SAFE AND WELCOMING COMMUNITY
The funders are committed to building inclusive research, extension, communication, and education programs that serve people with diverse backgrounds, circumstances, needs, perspectives, and ways of thinking. Diversity includes, but is not limited to, age, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability and/or health status, religion, veteran status, geographic origin and socioeconomic status.
VASG and VEE do not tolerate any form of misconduct, discrimination or harassment, including sexual harassment, or sexual misconduct (e.g. sexual assault within its organization, at awardee organizations, field sites, meetings, or anywhere VASG-funded research, outreach and education are conducted). Virginia institutions of higher education and any other organization that receive VASG funds are responsible for having clearly stated policies outlining standard codes of conduct, academic program requirements, and prohibiting discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment or sexual misconduct that comply with federal nondiscrimination laws, regulations, and executive orders, and documented procedures for accepting reports of and investigating complaints of misconduct thoroughly, fairly and promptly. VASG implements policies, guidelines, procedures, and communications consistent with these principles to ensure that organizations funded by VASG clearly understand the program’s expectations and requirements associated with its funding.