Washington Sea Grant Hershman Fellowship
- The Fellowship application is now CLOSED
- Questions? Attend Hershman Fellowship Drop-in Office Hours [COMING SOON]
- The Host application period is now OPEN
- 2023 Fellowships Info Session Recording now available HERE.
- [COMING SOON] Tips for writing personal statements, CV’s, and interviewing for Sea Grant fellowships [PDF]
The Washington Sea Grant Hershman Fellowship offers a unique educational opportunity for soon-to-graduate or recently finished graduate students engaged in studies pertaining to ocean and coastal policy issues. This one-year, paid marine policy fellowship matches highly motivated, qualified individuals with host agencies, nonprofits or tribes throughout Washington State. The Washington Sea Grant Hershman Fellowship offers students first-hand experiences in crafting marine and natural resource policies and allows them to share their academic expertise with their host offices.
- Early February: Call for Hosts released
- March 8: Host applications due
- March 30: Host selection finalized
- April 8: Fellowship application opens in eSeaGrant
- May 3: Fellowship applications due
- Early June: Finalists selected; applications shared with participating hosts
- June 17-18: Mandatory In-Person Matching Workshop
- Week of June 24: Fellowship matches announced
- September 16: Fellowship begins
The WSG Hershman Fellowship Program, like all WSG programs, is guided by and strives to align with the WSG values and principles of partnerships and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Partnerships are a cornerstone of the Sea Grant model. WSG cultivates partnerships by valuing and engaging the priorities, expertise, capabilities, and participation of diverse partners.
WSG collaborates with international, federal, tribal, state and local governments; local communities; businesses; people from academia; K-12 schools and nongovernmental organizations on a wide variety of marine-related research, engagement and education projects. Furthermore, WSG maintains a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, by pursuing diverse perspectives, and enhancing cultural understanding.
WSG works to create equitable access to resources and opportunities for Washington’s diverse communities and seeks to incorporate their voices and priorities. WSG’s values are informed by environmental justice and are based in a culture of inclusion, respect, long-term engagement and accountability. This commitment shapes our organization and its investments, practices and social interactions including the administration of this fellowship program.
2023 Host Offices and Project Descriptions
- Hoh Indian Tribe: Climate Change – Adaptation Planning, Treaty Rights Impacts, and Consultation Guidelines
- Makah Tribe: Furthering the Makah Tribe’s response to oil spills and other threats to coastal and marine resources
- Northwest Seaport Alliance: Clean air, climate solutions, sustainability, and environmental justice
- Puget Sound Partnership: Diverse Opportunities to Support Puget Sound Recovery
- The Nature Conservancy: Building Capacity and Climate Resilience in fishing and aquaculture communities
- WA Department of Ecology: Washington Coastal and Shoreline Resilience Fellowship
- WA Department of Natural Resources: Watershed and Aquatic Resilience Planning