John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

Application Deadline: February 21, 2017


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: 2018 National Sea Grant College Program Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship (Knauss Fellowship Program)

Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-OAR-SG-2018-2004993 

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, 2017. 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 March 31, 2017.

Funding Opportunity Description: This notice announces that applications may be submitted for the 2018 National Sea Grant College Program Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship (Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship Program). Sea Grant anticipates funding not less than 30 selected applicants, of which those assigned to the Legislative branch may be limited to 12. Each award will be funded at a total of $61,500 in federal funding, with the option to add additional funds for fellowship related travel, relocation and other expenses.

Eligibility: An eligible applicant is any student, regardless of citizenship, who, on February 21, 2017, 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.

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

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 2016 Class) at

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).

IMPORTANT: To preserve confidentiality, letters of recommendations should be sent directly to our office. Letters can sent via mail (9500 Gilman Drive - 0232, La Jolla, CA 92093-0232), email (, or fax (858-534-2231) to CA Sea Grant Director, Jim Eckman. 

List of elements for application

Required Element Suggested File Name
Curriculum Vitae (2 pages maximum) 1_LastName_CV.pdf
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
Copy of all official undergraduate and graduate student transcripts 4_LastName_Transcript.pdf
Listing of classes and/or plans for spring 2017, summer 2017 and fall 2017 (not to exceed one page) 5_LastName_Plans.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, 2017, 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, 2017 - Application materials from each student are due to California Sea Grant, 5pm PT (each program sets its own date around this general time).
  2. February - March 2017 - Interviews by California Sea Grant staff to select up to six finalists.
  3. March 31, 2017 - Application materials from Sea Grant programs are due at the National Sea Grant Office by 2:00 pm PDT (5:00 pm EDT).
  4. June 2017 - Sea Grant Programs notified of selection results.
  5. December XX-XX, 2017 - Placement Week (exact dates TBD); selected applicants are required to travel to Washington, DC, for interviews with potential hosts.
  6. February 1, 2018 - Start of the fellowship.

The National Sea Grant Office has modified the 2018 Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship competition that is currently open. The amended funding announcement is now available for download here.

The total award amount for a Knauss Fellowship in 2018 has been increased from $56,500 to $61,500. The due date for applications from prospective fellows to Sea Grant Programs has been extended from February 10 to February 21.

Several other changes and clarifications have been made to the official announcement. Questions and concerns can be sent to