California Sea Grant State Fellowship

California Sea Grant

Grant amount: US $46,860

Anticipated deadline: Aug 31, 2019 11:59pm PDT

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher Graduate Student

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: California

Location of residency: California

Degree requirements: Applicants must be within 1 year of receiving their PhD

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California Sea Grant State Fellowship

The California Sea Grant College Program is soliciting applications for the 2019 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, implementation and management of marine, coastal, and/or watershed 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, federal or municipal agencies in California for a 12-month paid fellowship ($3,905 per month).

Stipend and Expenses

Each fellow will receive $46,860 in stipend for the twelve-month assignment ($3,905/month). Additional funds will be available for health insurance reimbursement ($3,120) and to cover travel for the matching workshop, state fellow’s in-person meeting, and fellowship related travel ($2,400). Additional travel associated with the fellowship may be covered by the host agency at the agency’s discretion.

Length of Assignment

The length of assignment is 12 months (non-renewable). The fellowship will begin in early winter between January through March following application, though other schedules may be arranged.


Participating hosts for the current class below (There are 25 fellowship opportunities total.)

  • San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission
  • California Coastal Commission – Climate Change Emphasis
  • California Sea Grant
  • California Department of Fish and Wildlife - Habitat Conservation Program (Marine Region), Artificial Reefs
  • Delta Science Program – Science-Based Adaptive Management Unit 
  • Delta Science Program – Collaborative Science and Peer Review Unit 
  • Delta Science Program – Science Communication, Synthesis, and Decision Support Unit 
  • Delta Stewardship Council – Planning and Performance Division
  • California Fish and Game Commission
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium - Policy
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium - Research Conservation
  • NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
  • NOAA NMFS Southwest Fisheries Science Center
  • California Ocean Protection Council - Climate Change Program
  • California Ocean Protection Council - Marine Protected Areas (MPA) Program
  • San Francisco Estuary Partnership
  • State Coastal Conservancy - Climate Ready Program
  • State Coastal Conservancy - Coastal Restoration Program
  • California State Lands Commission - 2 Fellowship Opportunities
  • California Department of Parks and Recreation – Natural Resources Division
  • State Water Resources Control Board - Division of Water Quality
  • State Water Resources Control Board - Office of Information Management and Analysis
  • Unified Port of San Diego - 2 Fellowship Opportunities in Planning and Green Port

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applications may be submitted by a graduate student close to completing his/her degree (Masters, Ph.D., or J.D) in a field related to conservation, management, protection, stewardship, public policy, or law of marine and/or coastal environments, or areas that impact marine and coastal environments, at a California university.
  • Graduate students who recently completed their degree at a California university with graduation date [i.e. date the degree was awarded by the university] after May 1, 2017 are also eligible to apply.
  • Applicants should address their degree of interest and experience in either marine/coastal/watershed science, natural resource management, public policy, and/or law.
  • Fellows must complete all degree requirements before starting the fellowship.