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Fellowships to USA Graduate Students to Gain Experience in Coastal Management and Research

John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program

GrantWatch ID# 177807
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR)
CFDA Number: 11.417
Funding or PIN Number: NOAA-OAR-SG-2023-2007040
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/16/23 5:00 PM local time Save

Grant Description
Fellowships to USA and territories graduate students to gain experience in coastal management and research in Washington, DC. Allowable uses of funding include, but are not limited to, tuition, relocation, publication fees, conferences, training, workshops, and travel. The Fellowship offers direct experience working on the latest issues in ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes management and research.

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 program matches fellows with “hosts” in the legislative and executive branches of government for a one-year paid immersive policy experience in the Washington, D.C. area.

The one year fellowship will take place in the National Capital Region. Applicants must be prepared to relocate to the Washington, D.C. area. Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for obtaining the appropriate visa to allow them to work in the Washington, D.C. area during the fellowship period.


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Additional Eligibility Criteria
Any student, regardless of citizenship, is eligible to submit to this opportunity if:
1. The student is enrolled towards a degree in a graduate program at any point between the onset of the 2022 Fall Term (quarter, trimester, semester, etc.) and February 16, 2023;
2. The graduate degree will be awarded through an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or U.S. Territories, and;
3. The student has an interest in ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources.

Pre-Application Information
Applications must be submitted to your state Sea Grant program by February 16, 2023.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to reach out to the Sea Grant Program in their state at least one to two months before the February 16, 2023 deadline to receive application support and notify the program that they intend to apply.

The application process requires several steps and differs from many other fellowship opportunities. You apply first to the Sea Grant program in your state. 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.

Steps after selection:
You will be notified if you are a selected finalist in mid- to late-summer.
- Note you are a called a selected finalist, not a Knauss Fellow, until after you are placed in a position during Placement Week.
- After finalists are selected, a webinar will be held to describe the next steps, including the difference between executive and legislative placements. You will then be asked to write a 300 word or less justification for wanting to be placed in the executive or legislative class. The National Sea Grant Office will announce the split of the classes in late summer.
- There may be several other informational webinars to help you prepare for your fellowship year.
- In October (executive fellows) or January (legislative fellows) finalists will participate in Placement Week. Placement Week is filled with interviews, networking with potential hosts, and then host position-fellow pairing.

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Additional Funding Information

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Estimated Size of Grant
Award Breakdown:
- Salary/Stipend: $68,000
- Discretionary Budget: $5,000
- Placement Week Travel: $2,500
- Host Office Travel/Training Funds: $15,000

Term of Contract
The fellowship is one year (non-renewable). The dates of the official fellowship are February 1, 2024 - January 31, 2025.

Contact Information
Applications must be submitted through a state Sea Grant program. See the “Program Locations” dropdown on for a list of state programs and contact information.

If your state is not served by a Sea Grant program (AZ, AR, CO, ID, IA, KS, KY, MO, MT, NE, NV, NM, ND, OK, SD, TN, UT, WV, WY), obtain further information by contacting the National Sea Grant Office through e-mail at or by phone (240-507-3712).

National Sea Grant College Program
1315 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910

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