Washington Sea Grant Marc Hershman Marine Policy Fellowship

Fellowship dates: October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018


Gain first hand experience crafting marine and resource policies by becoming a WSG Marc Hershman Marine Policy Fellow. For one year, fellows are teamed with mentors in state government or an NGO host office in Olympia, Tacoma or Seattle, working on ocean and coastal science and management issues. This opportunity provides fellows with a unique perspective on building marine policy, and allows them to share their academic expertise with their host offices. Many former fellows have gone on to jobs in state and local government, private industry, and NGOs.

The fellowship honors Marc Hershman, a leader in the study of ocean and coastal policy. Professor Hershman served on the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy from 2001-2004 and was the Director of the University of Washington School of Marine Affairs (now School of Marine and Environmental Affairs).

This year’s host offices are The Nature Conservancy, Makah Office of Tribal Affairs and Washington State Departments of Ecology and Health. Graduate students or recent graduates of Washington state universities are invited to apply for this fellowship.

Kara Cardinal 2012 Hershman FellowI knew even before going to graduate school at the UW that I wanted to be a Hershman Fellow. Working as a marine educator at Padilla Bay, I picked up a Sea Grant newsletter and read about the fellowship. That day truly helped me set a goal and direction for my career path. The fellowship provided an ideal transition from graduate school to the career world, and opened my eyes to many opportunities throughout Washington and beyond.

2012-13 Hershman Fellow, Kara Cardinal


Become a Mentor

“At The Nature Conservancy, WSG Hershman Fellows have become essential members of our marine conservation team.  The Fellows refresh our ocean policy and science expertise, and they add to our capacity to tackle some of our state’s most pervasive challenges.  The one-year term keeps us focused on clear objectives, and our obligation to provide a top drawer educational experience inspires us to open our minds to new learning opportunities.  It’s really a win-win arrangement.”

Paul Dye, former Director of Marine Conservation, The Nature Conservancy/Washington

More information available on our Sea Grant Marine Policy Fellowship Guidelines.

Interested in becoming a mentor? Send us an email!