John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

Application Deadline: February 22, 2019

Executive Summary
Submission Information
List of elements for application

Executive Summary

Federal Agency Name(s): Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce

Funding Opportunity Title: Fiscal Year 2020 National Sea Grant College Program Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-OAR-SG-2020-2005911

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 22, 2019. Selected applications from the sponsoring state Sea Grant Program are to be received and validated by by the deadline of 5 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on April 5, 2019.

Funding Opportunity Description: This notice announces that applications may be submitted for the 2020 National Sea Grant College Program Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship (Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship Program). Sea Grant anticipates funding not less than 35 selected applicants, of which those assigned to the Legislative branch will be approximately 14. Each award will be funded at a total of $71,500 in federal funding, with the option to add additional funds for fellowship related travel.

Eligibility: An eligible applicant is any student, regardless of citizenship, who, on February 22, 2019, is enrolled towards a degree in a graduate program, that have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The graduate degree needs to be awarded through a United States accredited institution of higher education in the United States or U.S. Territories.

The National Sea Grant College Program champions diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) by recruiting, retaining and preparing a diverse workforce, and proactively engaging and serving the diverse populations of coastal communities. Sea Grant is committed to building inclusive research, extension, communication and education programs that serve people with unique backgrounds, circumstances, needs, perspectives and ways of thinking. We encourage applicants of all ages, races, ethnicities, national origins, gender identities, sexual orientations, disabilities, cultures, religions, citizenship types, marital statuses, education levels, job classifications, veteran status types, and income, and socioeconomic status types to apply for this opportunity.

For more detailed information about host offerings, applications, selection and placement process in Washington DC, please visit the National Sea Grant Knauss website.

The NSGO Knauss website has a "Creating an Application" page for helpful guidance on preparing your application.

View the type of fellowship positions available from the 2019 Class (for reference only)

Submission Information

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:

If you have never used this website, you will need to register for an account. You can change the randomly-generated password once you log in successfully into the website.

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). 


Transcripts provided must be official copies, certified by the undergraduate or graduate institution.

Large files

For electronic files larger than 6 MB, contact to make other arrangements. Only Acrobat documents (pdf) are accepted.

Letters of recommendation

To maintain confidentiality, letters of recommendation may be submitted directly from the referee to CASG through eSeaGrant and must be submitted by the application deadline to be considered. Letters may also be emailed to Please address letters to Dr. Shauna Oh, Director, California Sea Grant.

Late submissions may lead to the rejection of incomplete applications. Candidates are encouraged to work with referees to meet the deadline.  

List of elements for application

Required Element Suggested File Name

Curriculum Vitae (2 pages maximum) 

A personal education and career goal statement (1000 words or less) 2_LastName_Goal.pdf
Two letters of recommendation, including one from the student's major professor  3_LastName_RecLtr1.pdf and 3_LastName_RecLtr2.pdf
Listing of classes and/or plans for spring 2019, summer 2019 and fall 2019 (not to exceed one page) 4_LastName_Plans.pdf
Clear, scanned copy of all official undergraduate and graduate student transcripts 5_LastName_Transcript.pdf
For applicants in a state or territory not served by an eligible Sea Grant program, but applying through an eligible Sea Grant program, a written statement from the Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship Program Manager referring applicant to the most appropriate eligible Sea Grant program must be included 6_LastName_Out_of_State


Applications must be submitted by 5 pm, February 22, 2019, 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.


  1. February 22, 2019 - Application materials due to California Sea Grant, 5pm PT.
  2. February - March 2019 - Interviews by California Sea Grant staff to select up to six finalists.
  3. April 5, 2019 - Finalists application materials from Sea Grant programs are due to the National Sea Grant Office by 5:00 pm EDT.
  4. June 2019 - Sea Grant Programs notified of selection results.
  5. November XX-XX, 2019 - Placement Week (exact dates TBD); selected applicants are required to travel to Washington, DC, for interviews with potential hosts.
  6. February 1, 2020 - Start of the fellowship.