Sea Grant Accepting Applications for NC STEM Policy Fellows


Registration Deadline:

Monday, March 2, 2020, 7:55am


“This new NC STEM Policy Fellowship — focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics — provides a unique, in-state, non-academic career opportunity that may lead to greater retention of these highly trained individuals in state,” notes Susan White, North Carolina Sea Grant executive director.

Sea Grant will administer the pilot program in 2020-21. Funds provided through Sea Grant and a generous matching grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund allow for two fellowships to begin Aug. 1, 2020. The fellowships are full-time positions at 40 hours per week working with the host offices. 

One fellow will be placed at the N.C. Department of Commerce’s Office of Science, Technology & Innovation. Areas of work may include (but are not limited to): assistance with policies to support offshore wind energy; implementing recommendations provided in the “North Carolina’s Opportunities in the Data Economy” report; drafting work plans and/or policy recommendations crafted by the North Carolina Board of Science, Technology & Innovation; and engaging with board members and other key stakeholders to address statewide income and innovation inequality.

One fellow will be placed at the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s State Energy Office. Areas of work may include (but not be limited to) items related to the state’s Climate Risk Assessment and Resiliency Plan. Executive Order 80 requires that the plan be submitted to Gov. Roy Cooper in March 2020. The fellow may help explore policy options/solutions for prioritized recommended actions. The fellow also may work on items related to the N.C. Clean Energy Plan, such as evaluating policy designs for carbon reduction strategies, like offshore wind energy.

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Eligibility for the 2020-21 NC STEM Policy Fellowship: 

  • · Applicants must receive a graduate degree no later than Dec. 31, 2020, and no earlier than Dec. 1, 2019.
  • · The master’s or doctoral degree in a STEM or related discipline must be earned through one of North Carolina’s accredited, public or private institutes of higher education.
  • · Students are eligible regardless of nationality. Domestic and international students may apply.
  • · Applicants must have an interest in state and national policy decisions on STEM topics.

The following materials are required for application submission via the North Carolina eSeaGrant portal:

  • · Resume (not to exceed two pages using 12-point font and 1-inch margins).
  • · A career goal statement that emphasizes the applicant’s abilities and expectations for the fellowship experience (1,000 words or less using 12-point font and 1-inch margins).
  • · Two letters of recommendation, including one from the student’s major professor. If no major professor exists, a letter from the faculty member who is most familiar with the applicant’s academic work may be substituted.
  • · Copies of all undergraduate and graduate student transcripts. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.

Planning for the N.C. program dates to 2016, when North Carolina Sea Grant, in partnership with two Duke University doctoral students, received a one-year planning grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to assess feasibility of a statewide science and technology policy fellowship.

The NC STEM Policy Fellowship program, including its funders and host offices, is committed to championing diversity, equity, and inclusion by proactively recruiting, retaining, and preparing a diverse workforce; and engaging and serving communities that are representative of the populations where this program operates.

Anyone interested in the new fellowship, including state agencies interested in hosting in future years, contact Sara Mirabilio:, or 252-475-5488.

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