John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

The National Sea Grant College is pleased to offer John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. The fellowship provides opportunity for students who are enrolled towards a degree in a graduate or professional program. Fellowship program will afford a unique educational and professional experience to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources. Winner will receive $56,500 stipend amount.

The National Sea Grant College was established by the Congress of the United States of America in 1966. Sea Grant’s mission is to enhance the practical use and conservation of coastal, marine and Great Lakes resources in order to create a sustainable economy and environment.


  • An eligible applicant is any student, regardless of citizenship, who, on February 12, 2016, is enrolled towards a degree in a graduate or professional program.
  • 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).

How to Apply:

Interested candidates can download the application form by the link given below.

Supporting Documents:

  • Two signed letters of recommendation, including one from the student’s major professor, if no major professor exists, a faculty person academically knowing the applicant best may be substituted.
  • 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). Placement preference in the Legislative or Executive Branches of the Government may be stated, this preference will be honored to the extent possible.
  • Personal and academic curriculum vitae (not to exceed two pages).
  • Copy of all official undergraduate and graduate student transcripts.
  • Listing of classes and/or plans for spring 2016, summer 2016 and fall 2016 (not to exceed one page).
  • 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.

Award Amount:

  • The Sea Grant Program or Project receives and administers the overall cooperative agreement of $56,500 per student on behalf of each fellow selected from their program.
  • The eligible Sea Grant Program or Project: provides $45,000 to each Fellow for stipend and living expenses.
  • Cooperative agreement amount: the Sea Grant Program or Project provides $9,000 to cover mandatory health insurance for the fellow and moving expenses.
  • Any remaining funds of the $9,000 shall be used for the fellow during the fellowship year, first to satisfy academic degree-related activities, and second for fellowship-related activities.
  • Finally, up to $2,500 from the total $56,500 can be used to cover placement week costs. 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.

Application Deadline:

Deadline of the given fellowship is February 12, 2016.

Link for More Information:

Contact Information:

If you have any questions, please contact your nearest Sea Grant program. Please contact:

Julia Galkiewicz
Fellowships Manager
NOAA National Sea Grant Office
Tel. (301) 734-1067



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