California Sea Grant State Fellowship

California Sea Grant

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Grant amount: US $46,860

Anticipated deadline: Sep 2, 2020 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 2020 California State Fellows Program. The State Fellows Program provides a unique educational opportunity for graduate students who are interested in marine, coastal, and/or watershed resources and in the 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).

There will also be an opportunity for state fellows to work with the Sea Grant Extension program. California Sea Grant extension specialists work with state and federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, local businesses, and members of the California coastal community to identify emerging marine resource problems and opportunities, conduct applied scientific research, and share findings with stakeholder groups. Fellows will choose extension project/s that align with their fellowship assignments and is anticipated to contribute no more than two months spread out over the year.

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 2020 through March 2020, though other schedules may be arranged.


Participating hosts for the 2020 class (28 fellowship opportunities total. Download individual position descriptions here):

  • California Coastal Commission - Climate Change
  • California Department of Parks and Recreation - Natural Resources Division
  • California Energy Commission
  • California Ocean Science Trust
  • California State Lands Commission - Coastal Policy, Tribal Engagement, and Environmental Justice
  • California State Lands Commission - Sea-Level Rise Planning and Adaptation
  • California Department of Transportation - Environmental Engineering, Water Quality and Special Projects
  • Delta Science Program - Collaborative Science and Peer Review Unit
  • Delta Science Program - Science Communication, Synthesis, and Decision Support Unit
  • Delta Science Program - Science-Based Adaptive Management Unit
  • Delta Stewardship Council - Planning and Performance Division
  • Fish and Game Commission
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
  • NOAA Office of Coastal Management
  • NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center
  • Ocean Protection Council - Climate Change Program
  • Ocean Protection Council - Marine Protected Areas Program
  • Port of San Diego - Coastal Policy and Planning
  • Port of San Diego - Environmental Conservation
  • San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission: Regional Sea Level Rise Adaptation
  • San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission: Sediment Management
  • San Francisco Estuary Partnership
  • State Coastal Conservancy - Climate Ready
  • State Coastal Conservancy - Coastal Restoration
  • State Water Resources Control Board - Division of Water Quality: Ocean Standards Unit
  • State Water Resources Control Board - Division of Water Quality: Sustainable Water Plans and Policies
  • State Water Resources Control Board - Office of Information Management and Analysis

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, 2018 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.