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Delta Science Fellows Program

The Delta Science Fellows Program is run in coordination with California Sea Grant. The goal is to bring together junior scientists with Delta agency scientists and senior research mentors to work collaboratively on addressing high-priority science actions.

Starting in 2003, and including the Class of 2018, the Delta Science Program and partners have funded 95 Fellows, totaling over $13 million dollars. Other agencies, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Marine Fisheries Service Southwest Fisheries Science Center, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and the State and Federal Contractors Water Agency, have contributed over $1.3 million to fund 11 of these proposals.


The Delta Science Program is not currently accepting applications for the Delta Science Fellows Program. Current plans are to run a solicitation in the summer of 2019.


For more information about the Delta Science Fellows Program, please email Nir Oksenberg at


2018, and previous classes of Delta Science Fellows

Coequal goals

The Delta Stewardship Council was created in legislation to achieve the state mandated coequal goals for the Delta. "'Coequal goals' means the two goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem. The coequal goals shall be achieved in a manner that protects and enhances the unique cultural, recreational, natural resource, and agricultural values of the Delta as an evolving place." (CA Water Code §85054)