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Knauss Graduate Policy Fellowships

Knauss Graduate Policy Fellowships

The deadline for 2022 Fellowship application was February 19, 2021.

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Kenneth Erickson
2021 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 not less than 35 positions, of which those assigned to the Legislative branch will be approximately 17.

Any student, regardless of citizenship, is eligible to submit to this opportunity if:

    1. The student is enrolled towards a degree in a graduate program at any point between the onset of the 2020 Fall Term (quarter, trimester, semester, etc.) and February 19, 2021;
    2. The graduate degree will be awarded through an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or U.S. Territories, and;
    3. The student has an interest in ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources.
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Caleb Taylor
2021 Knauss Fellow

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 2022 Fellowship application was 5:00 pm CST on February 19, 2021. Required application items are listed below:

  1. Two signed letters of recommendation, including at least one faculty member with knowledge of the applicant’s academic and research (when applicable) performance.
  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
  3. Personal and academic curriculum vitae (not to exceed two pages).
  4. Clear digital or scanned copies of all undergraduate and graduate student transcripts (unofficial are acceptable).
  5. A listing of classes and/or plans for spring 2021, summer 2021, and fall 2021 (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 submission, please contact Katie Lea.

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

  • 10% — Recommendations and/or endorsements of student.
    • This includes endorsement/content of the letters from the Louisiana Sea Grant Program Director.
  • 5% — Academic record
  • 45% — Statement of career goals of the student
  • 40% —Additional relevant experience.
    • This includes diversity of education; extra-curricular activities; honors and awards; work and life experience; and interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.

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

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