Washington Sea Grant State Fellowship

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



Gain first hand experience crafting marine and resource policies by becoming a Washington Sea Grant State Fellow (formerly the Hershman Fellowship). 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.

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 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


Become a Mentor

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

Paul Dye, former director of marine conservation, The Nature Conservancy-Washington and current assistant director of outreach at Washington Sea Grant

More information available on our Call for Fellowship Hosts.

Interested in becoming a mentor? Send an email to sgfellows@uw.edu.