Columbus – Ohio Sea Grant is accepting applications for 2019 John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowships, a federal program sponsored by NOAA’s National Sea Grant College Program.
The Knauss program offers a unique fellowship experience to graduate students interested in marine, ocean and Great Lakes resources and the national policy decisions affecting them. All application materials must be received by February 23, 2018.
“The Knauss Fellowship is a great chance for graduate students to explore the inner workings of federal government and policy,” said Ohio Sea Grant Director Dr. Chris Winslow.
Knauss fellows are matched with hosts throughout the Washington, D.C. area, such as legislative and executive offices , where they are involved in both daily operations and special projects assigned based on their areas of interest and expertise. Fellows get the opportunity to network throughout many branches of government and often continue to work in similar fields after graduation.
“These positions can be life-changing for those who are placed,” Winslow said. “The experience Knauss fellows gain and the connections they make can change the course of their careers.”
Three Knauss fellows were selected from Ohio for the 2017 fellowship: Amber Bellamy, Molly Semones and Kayla Miller. Bellamy was placed in the NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology, where she managed several publications and newsletters.
“I think I definitely have a much better understanding of how science and management intersect,” said Bellamy, who has a PhD in Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology from The Ohio State University. “I’ve been pleased with what I’ve done and the opportunities I’ve had.”
Miller worked at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Ecological Services Headquarters, and Semones worked in the NOAA Research Office of the Assistant Administrator.
Ohio’s 2018 Knauss Fellows, Heather Fair-Wu and Jessica Sherman, were placed at the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, respectively.
Former Knauss Fellows from Ohio include Mark Monaco, director of NOAA’s Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment; and Sarah Opfer Lowe, NOAA Marine Debris Program Great Lakes regional coordinator.
The one-year fellowship of $61,500 provides a stipend and living expenses of $47,000. Additional funds cover health insurance costs, moving expenses, academic degree-related and fellowship-related travel.
For detailed information about host offerings, the selection process and Placement Week, visit the National Sea Grant Knauss website at seagrant.noaa.gov/Knauss.
Applicants apply through the Sea Grant program in their state. See seagrant.noaa.gov/About for locations of Sea Grant programs and contact information.
To apply through Ohio Sea Grant, please contact Ohio Sea Grant Assistant Director of Administration and Research Dr. Kristen Fussell at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit the Ohio Sea Grant website for more information about the application process. Ohio Sea Grant asks that all applicants contact our office prior to the application deadline. This will give us the opportunity to explain the fellowship in detail and predict the number of applicants we will get.
Ohio State University’s Ohio Sea Grant College Program is part of NOAA Sea Grant, a network of 33 Sea Grant programs dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of marine and Great Lakes resources. For more information, visit ohioseagrant.osu.edu.