Washington Sea Grant State Fellowship

Fellowship dates: September/October 2018 – September/October 2019

Applications for the Washington Sea Grant State Fellowship are now closed.

Application Guidelines


The Washington Sea Grant State Fellowship (formerly the Marc Hershman Marine Policy Fellowship) offers a unique educational opportunity for graduate students or recent graduates engaged in studies pertaining to ocean and coastal policy issues. This one-year paid fellowship program places highly motivated, qualified individuals with marine and coastal hosts offices throughout Washington. This opportunity provides fellows with a unique perspective on building marine policy and allows them to share their academic expertise with the host offices. Many former fellows have gone on to jobs in state and local government, private industry and NGOs.

This year’s host offices are The Makah Tribe, The Nature Conservancy, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, The Washington State Department of Ecology (Shorelands Program), The Washington State Department of Ecology (Spills Program) and The Washington State Department of 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 Washington Sea Grant 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 Washington Sea Grant
State Fellow, Kara Cardinal