For the 21st century, the Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program is committed to advancing marine-related educational and career goals of participating students and to increasing partnerships between universities and government.
The Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship was established in 1979 to provide a unique educational experience to students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The program, which is sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Sea Grant College Program, matches highly qualified graduate students with "hosts" in the legislative and executive branches of government located in the Washington, D.C. area, for a one year paid fellowship. The program is named in honor of one of Sea Grant’s founders, former NOAA Administrator, John A. Knauss.
Any student, regardless of citizenship, who, on April 6, 2006 is in a graduate or professional program in a marine or aquatic-related field at a United States accredited institution of higher education may apply to the NSGO through their local Sea Grant program. Applicants from states not served by a Sea Grant program should obtain further information by contacting the Knauss Fellows Program Manager at the NSGO.
Length of Assignment
The length of assignment is one-year (non-renewable). The inclusive dates of the official fellowship are February 1, 2007 – January 31, 2008; however, these dates can be slightly adjusted to accommodate academic semester needs.
How to Apply
Interested students should discuss this fellowship with their local Sea Grant Program Director, Dr. Jeffrey M. Reutter. Completed applications must be submitted with signature to Dr. Reutter in the Ohio Sea Grant College Program Columbus Office by close of business on March 27, 2006. Each applicant must have arranged and completed a personal interview with Dr. Reutter prior to March 17, 2006. Each Sea Grant program may select and forward to the NSGO no more than five (5) applicants selected according to criteria used by the NSGO in the national competition.
Selected applications are to be received in the NSGO from the sponsoring Sea Grant program, no later than 5:00 pm EDT on April 6, 2006. The competitive selection process and subsequent notification to the Sea Grant programs will be completed by May 18, 2006.
Stipend and Expenses
The local Sea Grant program receives and administers the overall award of $41,500 per student on behalf of each Fellow selected from their program. Of this amount, the local Sea Grant program provides $33,000 to each Fellow for stipend and living expenses (per diem). $7,000 will be used to cover mandatory health insurance for the Fellow and moving expenses; any remaining funds shall be used during the Fellowship year, first to satisfy academic degree- related activities, and second for Fellowship-related activities. Finally, up to $1,500 can be used to cover Placement week costs. Indirect costs are not allowable from the Federal funds either for the Fellowships or for any costs associated with the Fellowships, including more than $1,500 budgeted for placement week. These costs, though, can be denoted as matching funds. During the fellowship, the host may provide supplemental funds for work- related travel by the fellow.
- Personal and academic curriculum vitae (not to exceed two pages using 12 pt. font, 1 inch margins).
- A personal education and career goal statement which emphasizes the applicant’s abilities and the applicant’s expectations from the experience in the way of career development (1000 words or less, 12 pt. font). Placement preference in the Legislative or Executive Branches of the Government may be stated; this preference will be honored to the extent possible.
- Two letters of recommendation, including one from the student’s major professor; if no major professor exists, the faculty member academically knowing the applicant best may be substituted.
- A letter of endorsement from the sponsoring Sea Grant Program Director.
- Official copy of all undergraduate and graduate student transcripts.
- Listing of classes and/or plans for spring 2006, summer 2006, and fall 2006 (not to exceed one page).
All applicants will be evaluated only on their application package according to the criteria listed below. Therefore, letters of endorsement from members of Congress, friends, relatives and others will not be accepted. Prior contacts/arrangements made with possible host offices will be cause for immediate disqualification from the process.
Sea Grant Fellows will be administratively responsible to their sponsoring Sea Grant Directors during their terms in Washington, D.C., but must be responsive to the administrative and technical direction from the host to whom they report. The role of the Knauss Program Manager in the NSGO is one of ombudsman between the Fellow, the host, the Sea Grant Programs, and the sponsoring institution.
For Further Information Please contact
Jeffrey M. Reutter, Ph.D., Director
Ohio Sea Grant College Program and Stone Laboratory
The Ohio State University
1314 Kinnear Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43212