Receive on-the-job training and hone your professional skills while improving the stewardship of the Commonwealth’s coastal and marine resources. This fellowship develops and supports exceptional post-graduates by partnering them with a state government or non-governmental organization host office mentor. The program also aims to increase the capacity of the host offices by supporting fellows who are working on mission-relevant programs, and leveraging the knowledge and capacity of Virginia’s academic institutions.
Past-participating offices include:
- Office of the Secretary of Natural Resources
- Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
- Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
- Virginia Marine Resource Commission
- Hampton Roads Planning District Commission
- The Nature Conservancy’s Virginia Coast Reserve
Past projects and assignments include:
- Total maximum daily load and water pollution
- Shoreline erosion
- Coastal community resilience
- Coordinating environmental document reviews and comments
- Implementation of electronic permitting
- Blue crab fisheries management
Real experience, real professional growth opportunities
Commonwealth Fellows work alongside mentors in their host office to address pressing coastal and marine resource issues, while learning about the policy and management process occurring at the state level. This experience and knowledge have positioned past fellows to be highly competitive for opportunities at the conclusion of the fellowship year. The majority of our alumni have accepted full-time positions at Virginia agencies.
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