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Graduate Policy Fellowships — CLOSED
Note: Application deadline for the year 2015 fellowships is February 14, 2014.

Photo: Melissa Carle, 2014 Knauss Fellow.Melissa Carle,
2014 Knauss Fellow

What is the Knauss Fellowship?
(YouTube video, length 10:54)

The Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship is designed for students interested in marine and coastal issues and enrolled in a master’s, doctoral or professional graduate degree program. It provides an opportunity for a unique one-year 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. Louisiana Sea Grant may nominate up to five candidates to compete for approximately 50 available positions. Announcements of the program are usually distributed in October of each year, and applications for participation are due in February for appointments beginning February 1 of the following year. For detailed application information, visit the NOAA Knauss Fellowship website or contact Matt Bethel at Mbethe3@lsu.edu.

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

1. 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.

2. 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).

3. Additional relevant experience (40 percent total). Related to diversity of education, extra-curricular and volunteer activities, honors and awards, and interpersonal, written, and oral communications skills including presentations and publications. For the Knauss Policy Fellowship, relevant experience would be in marine or aquatic-related fields.

Coastal Management Fellowship — CLOSED

The Coastal Management Fellowship provides on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students and project assistance to state coastal zone management programs. The program matches postgraduate students with state coastal zone programs to work on projects proposed by the state and selected by the fellowship sponsor, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center. Any student who will complete a master's, doctoral, or professional degree program in natural resource management or environmental-related studies at an accredited U.S. university is eligible. Students from a broad range of environmental programs are encouraged to apply. Students from non-U.S. institutions are not eligible.

For more information, visit www.csc.noaa.gov/cms/fellows.html or contact Matt Bethel at Mbethe3@lsu.edu.

National Marine Fisheries Service - Sea Grant Joint Graduate Fellowship Program in Population Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics — CLOSED

The NMFS - Sea Grant Joint Graduate Fellowship Program in Population Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics is designed to help Sea Grant fulfill its broad educational responsibilities and to strengthen the collaboration between Sea Grant and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). The Fisheries Fellowship is available to US citizens who are graduate students enrolled in PhD degree programs in academic institutions in the United States and its territories. Sea Grant and NMFS, with required institutional matching funds, expect to support at least four new Fisheries Fellows in Population Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics. Fisheries Fellows will work on thesis problems of public interest and relevance to NMFS and have summer internships at participating NMFS Science Centers or Laboratories under the guidance of NMFS mentors.

For more information, please contact either Terry.Smith@noaa.gov or contact Matt Bethel at Mbethe3@lsu.edu.


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