The John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship
Note on 2015 Fellowship
November 20, 2013 - Due to the federal funding sequester in October 2013, the review of the text of this fellowship has been delayed. Updated information is expected before the end of 2013. To sign up for a notification of this or other fellowships, please go to our home page.
The federal Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program was established in 1979 to provide a unique educational experience to students who have an interest in marine/ocean/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 branch, the executive branch, or appropriate associations/institutions located in the Washington, DC area for a one-year paid fellowship. The program is named after former NOAA administrator John A. Knauss.
Learn more about the Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship through podcasts produced by Wisconsin Sea Grant.
Information for Current Knauss Fellows
- Knauss FAQs 2012
- Knauss FAQs 2013
- Direct Deposit Form
- Knauss Fellow Tax Information
- Required Education Report
- Travel Reimbursement Form
- Travel FAQs
Domestic travel includes travel to all US possessions or trusts, such as Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Trust Territories, Guam and Samoa.
Reimbursement for travel expenses shall not be higher than the University of California approved travel rates. These travel rates are published at http://www.ucop.edu/ucophome/policies/bfb/g28.html.
CASG requires a written request with justification at least fifty (50) days PRIOR to the trip in order to notify the National Sea Grant office. Your trip should be approved by your host prior to submitting the request to California Sea Grant. Once the host approves your travel, please e-mail the request with subject line "Knauss travel request" to Shauna Oh (email@example.com) and copy firstname.lastname@example.org in the email.
Travel Checklist: All foreign travel must be in compliance with the Fly America Act. US air carriers must be used on all portions of the route where service is provided. If a foreign carrier is used on any portion of a trip when no US carriers are available, a completed Fly America Act Waiver Checklist must be submitted.
Requests for prior approval should be written in the third person and include the following:
a) Traveler’s name;
b) Dates traveled;
c) Reason for the trip;
d) Origin and destination of the travel;
e) Detailed itinerary of the travel, name of the air carrier, and flight number for each leg of
the trip (a PDF of a quote from an airline with details of the proposed trip and cost should accompany the letter); and
f) Detailed cost for lodging, meals, registration (e.g., Lodging 3 days @ $/day = $; Meals 3 days @ $ govt per diem rate or less)
Articles about previous Knauss Fellows
- 2013 Program Directory Listing for Knauss Fellows
- 2013 Knauss Fellowships Announced
- 2012 Knauss Fellowships Announced
- 2011 Knauss Fellowships Announced
- 2010 Knauss Fellowships Announced
- 2008 Knauss Fellowships awarded
- 2006 Knauss Fellow at NOAA’s Office of Protected Resources (Mary Jacobs-Spaulding)
- 2002 Knauss Fellow Now Senior Legislative Assistant (Johanna Polsenberg)
- Former Knauss Fellow at NOAA Office of International Affairs (Heather Allen)
- Knauss Experiences Shaping Academic Research (Julie Kellner)
- Former Knauss Fellow a Director at COMPASS (Chad English–2007)
- Former Sea Grant Trainee Now Knauss Fellow (Amber Mace)
- SIO Graduate Student Wins Prestigious Marine Policy Fellowship (Chad English–2005)
- 2004 Knauss Press Release
- 2003 Knauss Fellow - Carrie McDougall Story
- 1999 Knauss Fellow - Ashley Simons Story
Announcement of Federal Funding Opportunity
Federal Agency Name(s): Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce
Funding Opportunity Title: 2014 National Sea Grant College Program Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship (Knauss Fellowship Program)
Announcement Type: Initial Announcement
Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-OAR-SG-2014-2003518
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number(s):11.417, Sea Grant Support
Dates: The deadline for application to California Sea Grant is 5 pm Pacific Standard Time, February 15, 2013. Selected applications from the sponsoring state SGCP are to be received and validated by Grants.gov by the deadline of 5 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on March 29, 2013.
Funding Opportunity Description: This notice announces that applications may be submitted for the National Sea Grant College Program Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship (Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship). The Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship is a program initiated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Sea Grant College Program, in fulfilling its broad educational responsibilities and legislative mandate of the Sea Grant Act, to provide educational experience in the policies and processes of the Legislative and Executive Branches of the Federal Government to graduate students in marine and aquatic-related fields. The Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship meets NOAA's Mission goal of "Protect, Restore and Manage the Use of Coastal and Ocean Resources through Ecosystem-Based Management."
DOWNLOAD FULL PDF ANNOUNCEMENT
For more detailed information about host offerings, applications, selection and placement process in Washington DC, please visit the National Sea Grant Knauss website at: http://www.seagrant.noaa.gov/knauss/
The NSGO Knauss website has a "Creating an Application" page for helpful guidance on preparing your application. http://seagrant.noaa.gov/knauss/knausscreatinganapplicati.html
A listing of the type of fellowship positions available (from the 2013 Class) can be found at https://pier.seagrant.noaa.gov/Public/KnaussPositions.aspx
Tips for applicants (updated 2/11/2013)
Submission Information (updated 10/26/2012)
IMPORTANT: Contact us at email@example.com to notify us about your intent to submit a fellowship application.
Please upload an electronic copy of all application items, with required signatures. The electronic version of your application must be submitted as PDFs using the California Sea Grant submission link:
Please make sure to include your last name in the file names for each section of the proposal (e.g., Smith_budget.pdf or Smith_cv.pdf). Once submitted through the website, PDFs may not be edited. To change a PDF, it must be deleted and resubmitted.
IMPORTANT: Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a password to use the website link BEFORE submitting any files.
IMPORTANT: To preserve confidentiality, letters of recommendations should be posted directly by the letter writers. Please share the login information you receive with your letter writers to enable them to post their letters. Letters of recommendations cannot be viewed, edited, or deleted by any applicant once posted.
For electronic files larger than 6 MB, contact email@example.com
to make other arrangements.
Please read the Knauss funding announcement for instructions regarding these required elements.
Please note the suggested name for your files after each item; no spaces or / in the filenames.
It would be VERY helpful if you would follow this format.
|Required Element||Suggested File Name|
|A personal education and career goal statement||2_LastName_Goal.pdf|
|Two letters of recommendation||3_LastName_RecLtr1.pdf and 3_LastName_RecLtr2.pdf|
|Copy of all official undergraduate and graduate student transcripts||4_LastName_Transcript.pdf|
|Listing of classes and/or plans for spring 2013, summer 2013 and fall 2013 (not to exceed one page)||5_LastName_Plans.pdf|
Applications must be submitted by 5 pm, February 15, 2013, to the California Sea Grant Program. State Sea Grant programs may select and forward to the National Office up to six (6) finalists according to a selection criteria comparable to that used by the National Office in the national competition.
- February 15, 2013 - Application materials from each student are due to California Sea Grant (each program sets its own date around this general time).
- March, 2013 - Interviews by California Sea Grant staff to select up to six finalists.
- March 29, 2013 - Application materials from Sea Grant programs are due at the National Sea Grant Office by 2:00 pm PDT (5:00 pm EDT).
- June, 2013 - Sea Grant Programs notified of selection results.
- December XX-XX, 2013 - Placement Week (exact dates TBD); selected applicants are required to travel to Washington, DC, for interviews with potential hosts.
- February 1, 2014 - Start of the fellowship.
Shauna Oh, Associate Director
For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please direct budget questions to:
Please direct online submission questions to:
|The California Sea Grant College Program is a statewide, multiuniversity program of marine research, extension services, and education activities administered by the University of California. It is headquartered at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. The National Sea Grant College Program is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US Department of Commerce.|