Graduate Fellowship: OPEN
Deadline for Washington Sea Grant applications:
April 14, 2023 5:00 p.m. PST
Fellowship Dates: May 8 – September 15, 2023

Fellows receive a $3,400 stipend and are expected to work an average of 10 hours per week remotely. Fellows are also expected to meet online regularly with WSG communications staff and to maintain consistent email contact while working offsite.

Washington Sea Grant offers two Science Communications Fellowships: one for graduate students and one for undergraduate students.

WSG fellows work for two academic quarters on a range of communications projects, from writing articles for the Sea Star newsletter to developing web content. Fellows are given the opportunity to develop their portfolios as writers and communicators, building bridges between scientific information and public understanding. Watch for fellowship openings.

Washington Sea Grant has an opening for a science communication fellowship that spans Spring and Summer quarters 2023. Science Communications fellows gain skills in science writing. Fellows may write features for the newsletter, work with media on coastal research or develop their own multimedia projects to connect people with marine science that matters. Along the way, they build portfolios that help them gain recognition as writers and communicators who can break down the barriers between scientific information and public understanding.

General Requirements
Graduate students in any field from Washington universities and colleges may apply.


  • Applicants must demonstrate strong writing skills, a good general grounding in the sciences, and a special interest in marine science, education or policy.
  • Applicants should have at least some social media experience or be interested in developing their digital content skills.
  • The selection committee will consider writing samples, related experience and studies, references and the relevance of the fellowship to future career goals. Samples do not have to be from an academic source.
  • References do not have to be from an academic instructor but could be from another reputable source.

Application Requirements

  1. A cover letter (500 words or less) explaining your qualifications for the fellowship and describing how the experience supports your long-term goals.
  2. Two to three writing samples.
  3. Up to a two-page resume that includes any publications and any personal or work/volunteer- related social media channels that you’ve managed.
  4. Letters of reference, ideally one from a professor, instructor or academic advisor.
  5. Unofficial copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts.

Graduate Fellowship Information

  • Graduate students in any field from Washington universities and colleges may apply.
  • The fellowship is open to graduate students only.

How to Apply
Applications should be submitted electronically to or by mail to: WSG Science Communications Fellowship, Washington Sea Grant, 3716 Brooklyn Avenue, NE, Seattle, WA 98105-6716. For specific questions about the fellowship, contact MaryAnn Wagner at

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