Washington Sea Grant Science Communications Fellowships

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Overview

Washington Sea Grant offers two Science Communications Fellowships: one for graduate students and one for undergraduate students.

WSG fellows work for two academic quarters on a range of communications projects, from writing articles for the Sea Star newsletter to developing web content. Fellows are given the opportunity to develop their portfolios as writers and communicators, building bridges between scientific information and public understanding. Watch for fellowship openings.

 

WSG Sea Star Newsletter

“Washington Sea Grant’s Science Communications fellowship has allowed me to develop my writing skills to engage a broad audience across several different platforms.  As a fellow, I have written press releases, generated social media posts, developed web content and attended outreach events.  This work has allowed me to reach scientists, reporters, and fishermen who all share my interest in protecting the marine environment.  Ultimately, this experience has significantly expanded my skillset and competency as a science communicator.”

– Jasmine Prat, 2018–2019 Science Communications Fellow

General Requirements

Eligibility

  • Applicants must demonstrate strong writing skills, a good general grounding in the sciences, and a special interest in marine science, education or policy.
  • Applicants should have at least some social media experience or be interested in developing their digital content skills.
  • The selection committee will consider writing samples, related experience and studies, references and the relevance of the fellowship to future career goals. Samples do not have to be from an academic source.
  • References do not have to be from an academic instructor but could be from another reputable source.

Application Requirements

  1. A cover letter (500 words or less) explaining your qualifications for the fellowship and describing how the experience supports your long-term goals.
  2. Two to three writing samples.
  3. Up to a two-page resume that includes any publications and any personal or work/volunteer- related social media channels that you’ve managed.
  4. Two letters of reference, including one from a professor, instructor or academic advisor.
  5. Unofficial copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts.

Graduate Fellowship Information

Eligibility

  • Graduate students in any field from Washington universities and colleges may apply.
  • The fellowship is open to graduate students only.

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted electronically to sgfellow@uw.edu or by mail to: WSG Science Communications Fellowship, Washington Sea Grant, 3716 Brooklyn Avenue, NE, Seattle, WA 98105-6716. For specific questions about the fellowship, contact MaryAnn Wagner at maryannb@uw.edu.

Undergraduate Fellowship Information

Eligibility

  • Undergraduate students in any field from Washington State universities and colleges may apply.
  • The fellowship is open to undergraduates only.

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted electronically to sgfellow@uw.edu or by mail to: WSG Science Communications Fellowship, Washington Sea Grant, 3716 Brooklyn Avenue, NE, Seattle, WA 98105-6716. For specific questions about the fellowship, contact MaryAnn Wagner at maryannb@uw.edu.