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Knauss Graduate Policy Fellowships

Knauss Graduate Policy Fellowships

Class of 2021 applications were due February 21, 2020.

Lauren Bonatakis

Lauren Bonatakis
2020 Knauss Fellow

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, recipients work on substantive national policy issues related to aquatic resources. Fellowships begin February 1, and run for one calendar year.

What is the Knauss Fellowship? (YouTube video)

Louisiana Sea Grant can 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 the Fall with applications due in February. Appointments begin February 1 of the following year. The deadline for 2021 Fellowship application is February 21, 2020. Required application items are listed below:

Connor Fagan

Connor Fagan
2020 Knauss Fellow

  1. Two signed letters of recommendation, including one from the student’s major professor.
  2. A personal education and career goal statement (not to exceed 1,000 words)
    • emphasizing the applicant’s abilities
    • expectations from the fellowship in terms of career development, placement preference in the legislative or executive branches of the government
  3. Personal and academic curriculum vitae (not to exceed two pages).
  4. Clear, scanned copy of all official undergraduate and graduate student transcripts.
  5. List of proposed classes and/or plans for the remaining semesters prior to start of fellowship (not to exceed one page).

In order to apply, you will need to create an account on www.laseagrantdb.org and submit all 5 requirements.  If you have any questions regarding this, please contact Katie Lea.

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

  • 15% — Recommendations and/or endorsements of student.
    • This includes endorsement/content of the letters from the Louisiana Sea Grant Program Director, the applicant’s major professor and the second letter of recommendation.
  • 15% — Academic record
  • 35% — Statement of career goals of the student
  • 35% —Additional relevant experience.
    • This includes diversity of education; extra-curricular activities; honors and awards; and interpersonal, written and oral communication skills. For the Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship Program, relevant experience would be in marine or aquatic-related fields.

Program Contact
For detailed application information, visit the NOAA Knauss Fellowship website or contact Matt Bethel.

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