Shauna Oh
Associate Director
California Sea Grant
College Program
University of California
9500 Gilman Drive Dept 0232
La Jolla CA 92093-0232
Phone: (858) 534-4440
Fax: (858) 534-2231


California Sea Grant State Fellowship 2013-14

The California Sea Grant College Program is soliciting applications for the 2014 California State Fellows Program. The State Fellows Program provides a unique educational opportunity for graduate students who are interested both in marine resources and in the policy decisions affecting those resources in California. Modeled after the highly successful Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program, the State Fellows Program provides an opportunity to acquire "on the job" experience in the planning and implementation of marine and/or coastal resource policies and programs in the state of California. The program matches highly motivated and qualified graduate students and recent graduates with "hosts" in State or Federal agencies in California for a 12-month paid fellowship ($3,450 per month).

Application Deadline: September 26, 2013


Graduate students close to completing their degree (or recently completed with graduation date after May 2012) in a marine or coastal-related field at a California university at the time of application may apply. Applicants should address their degree of interest and experience in either marine/ coastal science and/or public policy.

Stipend and Expenses

Each fellow will receive $41,400 in stipend for the twelve-month assignment ($3,450/month). Additional funds will be available for health insurance reimbursement ($2,000) and to cover travel for interviews and fellowship related travel ($1,500). Additional travel associated with the fellowship may be covered by the host agency.

Length of Assignment

The length of assignment is twelve months (nonrenewable). The fellowship, for this competition, will begin in early winter between December 2013 to February 2014, but other schedules may be arranged.


A complete application will include:

  1. Personal and academic curriculum vitae (not to exceed two pages using 12 pt. font).
  2. A personal education and career goal statement which emphasizes the applicant's abilities and the applicant's expectations for the experience in the way of career development (1000 words or less).
  3. Two letters of recommendation, including one from the student's major professor. If no major professor exists, the faculty member who is most familiar with the applicant academically may be substituted.
  4. Copies of all undergraduate and graduate student transcripts. Unofficial copies will be accepted.

State Fellow Application Tips 2012

How to Submit

Please upload an electronic copy of all application items. The electronic version of your application must be submitted as PDFs using the California Sea Grant submission link:

Please make sure to include your last name in the file names for each section of the proposal (e.g., Smith_statement.pdf or Smith_cv.pdf). Once submitted through the website, PDFs may not be edited. To change a PDF, it must be deleted and resubmitted.

IMPORTANT: Contact us at to obtain a password to use the website link BEFORE submitting any files.

IMPORTANT: To preserve confidentiality, letters of recommendation could be posted directly by the letter writers. Please share the login information you receive with your letter writers to enable them to post their letters. Letters of recommendation cannot be viewed, edited, or deleted by any applicant once posted.

For electronic files larger than 6 MB, contact to make other arrangements.

Application deadline: September 26, 2013


Participating hosts for the 2014 class:

  1. California Coastal Commission (position description)
  2. California Coastal Conservancy - Climate Ready Program (position description)
  3. California Coastal Conservancy - South Coast Program (position description)
  4. California Department of Fish and Wildlife Aquaculture Program (position description)
  5. California Department of Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marine Region - new (position description)
  6. California Ocean Protection Council - Marine Debris (position description)
  7. California Ocean Protection Council - Policy Generalist (position description)
  8. California Ocean Science Trust (position description)
  9. California State Lands Commission (position description)
  10. Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (position description)
  11. Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary - Research Department - new (position description)
  12. Delta Science Program - Science Plan (position description)
  13. Delta Science Program - Independent Science Board (position description)
  14. San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (position description)
  15. State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality: Opportunity 1 (position description)
  16. State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality: Opportunity 2 (position description)
  17. * West Coast Oceanographic Data Integration Fellowship (program description)


Selection of finalists (Class 2014) is made by senior staff of the California Sea Grant College Program based upon review of written application materials and interviews (in person, or via skype or phone) of a subset of applicants. Selection criteria used by California Sea Grant include: academic ability, communication skills, diversity and appropriateness of academic background, additional qualifying experience, and support of referees. Fellowship assignments for the Class of 2014 will be based on interviews and ranking of preferences by both the finalists and participating hosts at a mandatory matching workshop in Sacramento (date and location TBD, in November 2013). Consequently, placement to a specific host cannot be guaranteed.

* There will be an independent selection process for the West Coast Oceanographic Data Integration Fellowship by the staff of the Regional Data Framework Action Coordination Team and the West Coast Ocean Observing Systems. The anticipated start date of this fellowship will be October or early November, 2013. Candidates who are considered for this fellowship, but not selected, may still be considered for the finalists position and participation in the matching workshop in November. If you want to be considered exclusively for the West Coast Oceanographic Data Integration Fellowship, please indicate in your personal statement.


September 26: Applications due at the California Sea Grant Office

October 10-25: (approximate): Interviews for selection of finalists by California Sea Grant

October 25: Finalists' applications distributed to participating hosts

November (date TBD): Matching workshop with hosts and fellowship finalists

December-January: Fellowship begins


For additional information about the State Fellows program (or the Dean John A. Knauss National Sea Grant Fellowship, which matches graduate students with federal "hosts" in Washington, D.C.), please contact: Shauna Oh, Associate Director, at (858) 534-4440 or email

Past Fellowship Experiences

Read about former State Fellows, their agency placements and experiences.

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