Knauss Graduate Policy Fellowships

Knauss Graduate Policy Fellowships

Class of 2018 applications were due February 21, 2017.

The Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship provides a unique year-long experience in the legislative or executive branch of the federal government in Washington, D.C. During that year, the recipients work on substantive national policy issues related to aquatic resources. Fellowships begin February 1, and run for one calendar year.

Sarah Giltz
2017 Knauss Fellow

What is the Knauss Fellowship? (YouTube video)

Louisiana Sea Grant may nominate up to six candidates to compete for approximately 50 available positions. The Knauss Fellowship is designed for students interested in marine and coastal issues that are currently enrolled in a master’s, doctoral or professional graduate degree program.

How to Apply
Announcements of the program are distributed in October with applications due in February. Appointments begin February 1 of the following year. The deadline for 2018 Fellowship application was February 21, 2017. Required items are listed below:

  1. Two signed letters of recommendation, including one from the student’s major professor.
  2. A personal education and career goal statement emphasizing the applicant’s abilities along with expectations from the fellowship in terms of career development (no more than 1,000 words). Placement preference in the legislative or executive branches of the government may be stated.
  3. Personal and academic curriculum vitae (not to exceed two pages).
  4. Scanned copies of official undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
  5. List of proposed classes and/or plans for the remaining semesters prior to start of fellowship (not to exceed one page).


Alvaro Armas
2017 Knauss Fellow

Evaluation criteria for Knauss Fellowship applications and weighting of the criteria are as follows:

  • Academic record and statement of career goals and objectives of student (45 percent total). Includes quality of the applicant’s personal education and career goal statement (30 percent) and strength of academic performance (15 percent).
  • Recommendations and/or endorsements of student (15 percent total). This includes endorsement/content of the letters from the applicant’s Sea Grant Program Director, the applicant’s major professor and the second letter of recommendation.
  • Additional relevant experience (40 percent total). This includes diversity of education, extra-curricular and volunteer activities, honors and awards and interpersonal, written and oral communications skills. For the Knauss Policy Fellowship, relevant experience should be in marine or aquatic-related fields.

Program Contact
For detailed application information, visit the NOAA Knauss Fellowship website or contact Matt Bethel at [email protected].

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