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 also coordinates with the College of the Environment to offer a similar Science Communications fellowship for graduate students through the College. Application information for this fellowship is listed in the right column alongside the WSG Science Communications fellowship information.
“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
- 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.
- A cover letter (500 words or less) explaining your qualifications for the fellowship and describing how the experience supports your long-term goals.
- Two to three writing samples.
- Up to a two-page resume that includes any publications and any personal or work/volunteer- related social media channels that you’ve managed.
- Letters of reference, ideally one from a professor, instructor or academic advisor.
- Unofficial copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
Graduate Fellowship Information
- Graduate students in any field from Washington universities and colleges may apply.
- The fellowship is open to graduate students only.
Undergraduate Fellowship Information
- Undergraduate students in any field from Washington State universities and colleges may apply.
- The fellowship is open to undergraduates only.