December 14, 2018, 5:00 p.m. EST

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Contact Person

Sam Lake
Fellowship & Research Program Coordinator

Commonwealth Coastal & Marine Policy Fellowship

Fellowship Description

The Commonwealth Coastal & Marine Policy Fellowship is sponsored by Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) and the Virginia Environmental Endowment (VEE), as well as the participating host offices. Modeled after the highly successful national Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, the goal of the fellowship is to develop and support exceptional post-graduates by partnering them with a host office mentor where they receive on-the-job training and hone their professional skills, while improving the stewardship of the Commonwealth’s coastal and marine resources. The program 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.

VASG is continuing to recruit 2019 host offices among local and state government agencies, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Currently, potential host offices include the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Marine Resource Commission, Office of the Secretary of Natural Resources , and The Nature Conservancy's Virginia Coast Reserve.


Graduate students close to completing their degree (Masters, Ph.D., or J.D.) in a coastal- or marine-related or relevant field at a Virginia university or college are eligible to apply. Recent graduates who completed their degree at a Virginia university or college, graduating in the spring semester 2018 or after are also eligible. Applicants should demonstrate a strong interest and some experience in coastal or marine resource policy and management (e.g., course work, internships, independent study, etc.). Fellows must complete all degree requirements prior to starting the fellowship.

The fellowship sponsors and hosts 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 socio-economic status.

Award Information

VASG and VEE anticipate supporting two post-graduate fellows for the 2019 Commonwealth Coastal & Marine Policy Fellowship. The length of the fellowship assignment is twelve months and is nonrenewable. The start date for the fellowship is July 1, 2019. Each fellow will receive $35,000 in stipend and $5,000 for critical expenses (e.g., insurance, if needed) and professional development activities (e.g., travel, registration, or other expenses to participate in conferences, workshops, VASG-sponsored professional development training, etc.).

Tentative Fellowship Competition Timeline

  • Fellowship announcement released: September 2018
  • Applications due to VASG by 5:00 p.m. EST: December 14, 2018
  • Virtual interviews: January 2019
  • Notification of finalists: February 2019
  • Selected finalists interview with host offices: February 2019
  • Fellows notified of placements: March 2019
  • Placements announced: April 2019
  • Fellowship begins: July 1, 2019

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. All of the above can be found in the sidebar of this page under Related Documents.

Intent to Apply

Applicants are strongly encouraged 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. Applicants can express their interest by sending a short, simple email - please include "Commonwealth Fellowship" in the subject line.

Application Submission & eSeaGrant

Applications must be submitted online via eSeaGrant . If you plan to apply, we recommend registering for eSeaGrant at least two weeks in advance of the deadline. VASG will not accept late applications under any circumstances (e.g., internet delays), so please allow ample time to submit your application in advance of the deadline.

Recommendation Letters

To maintain confidentiality, VASG requires that letters NOT be submitted with the student’s application; instead, letters should be requested and uploaded through eSeaGrant. Letters must be submitted by the deadline and should be address to Dr. Troy Hartley, Director, Virginia Sea Grant.