Applications for John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program for the fall 2022 are open now.
The Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship provides a unique educational and professional experience to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The Fellowship, named after one of Sea Grant’s founders and former NOAA Administrator John A. Knauss, matches highly qualified graduate students with “hosts” in the legislative and executive branch of government located in the Washington, D.C. area, for a one year paid fellowship.
Since 1979, the National Sea Grant College Program has administered one of the nation’s most prestigious marine policy fellowship programs. . The Sea Grant network consists of a federal/university partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and 34 university-based programs in every coastal and Great Lakes state, Puerto Rico, and Guam. The network draws on the expertise of more than 3,000 scientists, engineers, public outreach experts, educators and students to help citizens better understand, conserve and utilize America’s coastal resources.
The Fellowship provides a unique educational and professional experience to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources.
- Be enrolled towards a degree in a graduate program at any point between the onset of the 2020 Fall Term (quarter, trimester, semester, etc.) and February 19, 2021.
- The graduate degree must be through an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or U.S. territories.
- Students are eligible regardless of nationality; domestic and international students at accredited U.S. institutions may apply.
- Have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources.
The application process requires several steps and differs from many other fellowship opportunities. You apply first to the Sea Grant program in your state, NOT on grants.gov. You will then interview with them, and the state Sea Grant program can select up to six applicants to submit to the National Sea Grant Office. Recipients will be selected by a panel at the national level.
- Reach out to the Sea Grant Program in your state at least one to two months before the state application deadline (February 2021). Let them know you plan to apply and ask for advice navigating the process.
- Go to the main Sea Grant website and look for your state Sea Grant program. If your state does not have a program, email the National Sea Grant Office and they can direct you to the appropriate state.
- Read the “Federal Funding Opportunity” (FFO) that has details for the grant on grants.gov. Click “related documents” to find the full announcement.
- Draft your personal statement, touch up your C.V., order official transcripts, and ask for recommendation letters. One letter must come from your major academic advisor, the second letter should be from someone who knows you well.
- Double-check the Federal Funding Opportunity to make sure you have met all the requirements.
- Ask questions of your local Sea Grant program and/or the National Sea Grant Office *before* the deadline.
- Submit your material to your state’s Sea Grant program, NOT grants.gov. They will contact you to schedule an interview.
- Prepare for the state selection process, which will include an interview with your state’s Sea Grant program.
- The Sea Grant programs can each select up to six applicants to elevate to the National Sea Grant Office competition. Each program is different; they may or may not notify applicants if they have been elevated.
- The National Sea Grant Office holds a selection panel to determine Knauss finalists (you are not referred to as a Knauss Fellow until after placement week–see the next question in this FAQ). Your state Sea Grant Program will notify selected finalists in mid- to late summer
Application Deadline: February 19, 2021 (29 Days Remaining)Apply nowOfficial link