Knauss Application Information

The 2018 National Sea Grant College Program John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship opportunity is CLOSED.

Please check back October - November of 2017, for release of the

2019 Federal Funding Opportunity!

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The 2018 National Sea Grant College Program John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship posted to Grants.Gov,  Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) # NOAA-OAR-SG-2018-2004993.

The Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship provides a unique educational experience to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. Successful applicants will spend one year (13 month award term), February 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019, in a Legislative or Executive Host Office in the Washington, D.C. area. 

Please consult the REVISED  Federal Funding Opportunity Announcement which contains the Guidelines for Documents Required, Content, Selection Critera, as well as the Review and Selection Process.

Important Information

  • Students should submit an application consisting of one pdf file containing the 5 elements listed below to the Texas Sea Grant College Program by Tuesday, February 21, 2017 4:00 PM CST (no exceptions);
  • Submit to Texas Sea Grant Research Coordinator, Mia Zwolinski at  mzwolinski@tamu.edu;
  • Do not complete the Grants.gov application file nor submit information directly into Grants.gov;
  • The Texas Sea Grant Program will complete the Grants.gov application file and submit on behalf of the applicant, via Grants.gov by 5:00 p.m. EST on April 7, 2017.
  • Additional Fellowship and application information can be found on the Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship website.

Eligibility

An eligible applicant is any student, regardless of citizenship, who, on February 21, 2017, is enrolled towards a degree in a graduate or professional program (may graduate any time therafter) and has an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions that affect 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. Applicants from states not served by a Sea Grant program should obtain further information by contacting the Knauss Sea Grant Fellowship Program Manager at the National Sea Grant Office (NSGO).

Other Criteria that Affect Eligibility
Foreign nationals please note:  while this fellowship is open to all eligible students regardless of nationality, a significant number of participating Federal host offices are unable to accept foreign nationals as fellows in their offices.

Non-US citizens are responsible for obtaining the appropriate visa to allow them to work in the Washington, DC area during the fellowship period.

Length of Assignment

The length of assignment is one year (non-renewable). The inclusive dates of the award are February 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019; however, these dates can be slightly adjusted to accommodate academic semester needs. The award runs for 13 months; the final month of the award is for fellows to use to move, and is not intended for fellows to carry out host office activities or any other fellowship-salaried activities.

How to Apply

First, see Creating an Application for tips for success. It is highly recommended that applicants review the specifics listed, as these are important for developing a strong application for successful criteria review and selection.

Additional resource for a successful application: Knauss Fellowship - Applications and Selection

Interested students may discuss this fellowship with their State Sea Grant Program or Project Director, by contacting the Texas Sea Grant Research Coordinator, Mia Zwolinski, at mzwolinski@tamu.edu. An application consisting of one pdf file including the 5 elements listed below, must be submitted to the State Sea Grant program no later than Tuesday, February 21, 2017 4:00 PM CST.  Do not complete the Grants.gov application file; Texas Sea Grant will complete the Grants.gov application file and submit on behalf of the applicant, via Grants.gov by 5:00 p.m. EST on April 7, 2017. Each Sea Grant Program may select and forward to the NSGO, no more than six (6) applicants selected according to criteria used by the NSGO in the national competition.

Selected applications from the sponsoring Sea Grant Program are to be submitted and validated in Grants.gov by the sponsoring State Sea Grant program, no later than 5:00 pm EST by April 7, 2017. The competitive selection process and subsequent notification to the eligible Sea Grant Programs or Projects will be made by June 9, 2017, with notification to the applicants by June 12, 2017.

Stipend and Expenses

The Sea Grant Program or Project receives and administers the overall cooperative agreement of $61,500 per student on behalf of each Fellow selected from their program, with the option to add additional funds for fellowship-related travel, relocation and other expenses.

  • Of the $61,500 awarded amount, the eligible Sea Grant Program or Project provides:
    • $47,500 to each Fellow for salary/stipend for the first twelve months;
    • Any funds remaining after salary/stipend must first be used to support travel for the fellow to Placement Week, then to Other Allowable Expenses such as mandatory individual health insurance, and academic- and fellowship-related travel.
  • Unallowable Costs:
    • Costs for equipment or supplies (including books) for the student's permanent use, or for membership to professional societies; and
    • Indirect costs are not allowable from the federal funds either for the fellowships or for any costs associated with the fellowships, including the $2,500 budgeted for placement week (see 15 CFR 917.11(e), "Guidelines for Sea Grant Fellowships");
  • During the fellowship, an option for additional funds may be awarded for fellowship-related travel, relocation and other expenses, without further competition.
  • The Fellow is responsible for managing the planned budget and submitting the Texas Sea Grant Project Report to the Texas Sea Grant Research Coordinator prior to the end of the fellowship, 2/28/2019.

Application Content Document Required - Submit ONE pdf file consisting of the following 5 elements in the following order:

  1. Maximum of two signed letters of recommendation, including one from the student's major professor; if no major professor exists, a faculty member who knows the applicant well academically, may be substituted. Letters beyond these two required, will not be accepted, such as letters of support from members of Congress, friends, relatives; (include letters in this file - do not send separately; those referees desiring confidentiality may send letters to Letters-mzwolinsk@tamu.edu);
  2. A Personal Education and Career Goal Statement emphasizing the applicant's abilities and the applicant's expectations from the Fellowship experience in the way of career development (1000 words or less; 12 pt font). Placement preference in the Legislative or Executive Branches of the Government may be stated; this preference will be honored to the extent possible.  Reviewers want to know how the student's abilities, education and career goals will benefit the Knauss Fellowship Program, as well as what the student expects to benefit from the experience of this Knauss Fellowship Program, as compared to other Fellowship Programs;
  3. Personal and Academic Curriculum Vitae (not to exceed two pages);
  4. Clear, scanned copy of all official undergraduate and graduate student transcripts;
  5. Listing of classes and/or plans for Spring 2017, Summer 2017 and Fall 2017 (not to exceed one page);
  6. For applicants from states not served by an eligible Sea Grant Program or Project, but applying through an eligible Sea Grant Program or Project, a written statement from the Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship Program Manager referring the applicant to the most appropriate eligible Sea Grant Program or Project must be included as part of that applicant's application package to the state Sea Grant Program or Project.

Note: Do not complete the Grants.gov application file; Texas Sea Grant will complete the Grants.gov application file and submit on behalf of the applicant, via Grants.gov by 5:00 p.m. EST on April 7, 2017.

All applicants will be evaluated only on their application package according to the criteria items 1 - 6 listed above as well as the Selection Criteria contained in the guidelines referenced above (detailed evaluation criteria pages 7 & 8 in FFO guidelines). Prior contacts / arrangements made with possible host offices before the start of placement week will be cause for immediate disqualification from the process.

Reporting Requirements

Sea Grant Fellows will be administratively responsible to their sponsoring State Sea Grant Directors during their terms in Washington, D.C., but must be responsive to the administrative and technical direction from the Host to whom they report. The role of the Knauss Program Manager in the NSGO is one of ombudsman between the Fellow, the Host, the Sea Grant Programs and the sponsoring institution. The Fellow is responsible for managing the planned budget and submitting the Texas Sea Grant Project Report to the Texas Sea Grant Research Coordinator prior to the end of the fellowship, 2/28/2019. Link to the 2018 Knauss Fellowship Final Report template: 2018 Knauss Fellowship Final Report.

For more information about the John A. Knauss Fellowship application process, please contact Mia Zwolinski, Texas Sea Grant Research Coordinator, at mzwolinski@tamu.edu or 979-458-0449.