John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

Application Deadline: February 21, 2020

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 2021 National Sea Grant College Program Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-OAR-SG-2021-2006204

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 21, 2020. 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 3, 2020.

Funding Opportunity Description: This notice announces that applications may be submitted for the 2021 National Sea Grant College Program Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship (Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship Program). The National Sea Grant College Program (Sea Grant) anticipates funding not less than 35 applicants, of which those assigned to the Legislative branch will be approximately 14. Application packages will each propose a total of $74,000 in funding. This includes base funding for each award at $59,000 with optional host office travel up to an additional $15,000.

Eligibility: Any student, regardless of citizenship, who, on February 21, 2020, is enrolled towards a degree in a graduate program, and has an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources is eligible to submit an application to the Sea Grant program in the state in which they are earning their degree. The graduate degree must be awarded through an 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 executive and legislative 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). 

The student should not include personal contact information or web links to external resources (e.g., LinkedIn, articles, blogs, etc.).


Clear, scanned copies of all undergraduate and graduate student transcripts.

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

**The student should not include personal contact information or web links to external resources (e.g., LinkedIn, articles, blogs, etc.).

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 2020, summer 2020 and fall 2020 (not to exceed one page) 4_LastName_Plans.pdf
Clear, scanned copy of 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 21, 2020, 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 21, 2020 - Application materials due to California Sea Grant, 5pm PT.
  2. February - March 2020 - Interviews by California Sea Grant staff to select up to six finalists.
  3. April 3, 2020 - Finalists application materials from Sea Grant programs are due to the National Sea Grant Office by 5:00 pm EDT.
  4. June 2020 - Sea Grant Programs notified of selection results.
  5. November XX-XX, 2020 - Placement Week (exact dates TBD); selected applicants are required to travel to Washington, DC, for interviews with potential hosts.
  6. February 1, 2021 - Start of the fellowship.


For additional information about the Dean John A. Knauss National Sea Grant Fellowship (or the California Sea Grant State Fellows program, which matches graduate students with state, federal or municipal agency hosts in California), please contact:

Catherine Courtier
Extension and Program Analyst - Science Integration Team
(858) 822-2167