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Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Applications Due Feb. 15


Contact: Sara Mirabilio, 252/475-5488,

Posted Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013

Original Federal Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-OAR-SG-2014-2003518

North Carolina Sea Grant is accepting applications for the 2014 Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, offered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant Office.

The one-year program places graduate students in Washington, DC, to work on federal policies and processes affecting ocean, coastal and Great Lakes issues. Recipients will receive a $45,000 stipend. Reimbursement for health insurance, work-related travel and relocation expenses also are provided, up to a total award maximum of $56,500. The fellowship starts on Feb. 1, 2014, and cannot be renewed or deferred.

Upward of 40 fellows are selected each year from around the country, with placements ranging from U.S. Senate offices to the U.S. State Department’s Office of Marine Conservation. This year, two Duke University students will represent North Carolina. Wendy Piniak, a doctoral student in marine science and conservation, will be working with NOAA Fisheries’ Office of Protected Resources. Noah Chesnin, recipient of a master’s in environmental management from the Nicholas School of the Environment, is placed with U.S. Rep. Sam Farr, who represents California's 17th Congressional District.

The prestigious program honors John A. Knauss, a Sea Grant founder, NOAA administrator and former dean of the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography.

North Carolina Sea Grant will nominate students from graduate or professional programs in marine and aquatic science or policy, regardless of citizenship. Students must be enrolled in a North Carolina academic institution at the time of application deadline.

Applications are due (not postmarked) by 5 p.m., Feb. 15, 2013. Interviews will be conducted in mid-March. Please send the following materials:

  • A resume (two pages maximum);
  • An educational/career goal statement outlining reasons for applying and expectations from the fellowship in the way of career development (1,000 words or less);
  • An official copy of undergraduate and graduate transcripts;
  • Two letters of recommendation, including one from the student’s major professor; and
  • A list of classes and/or plans through fall 2013 (not to exceed one page).

Placement preference in the legislative or executive branches of the government may be stated. This preference will be honored to the extent possible.

Electronic submissions as a single PDF are preferred, but official transcripts must be mailed. Electronic copies of support letters must contain signatures. If not possible, hard copies of reference letters also should be mailed.

Address regular U.S. Postal Service mail to: Sara Mirabilio, North Carolina Sea Grant, PO Box 699, Manteo, NC 27954. For UPS or FedEx packages, or business in person, the address is: 850 NC Highway 345, Wanchese, NC 27981.

For more information, contact Sara Mirabilio at 252/475-5488 or Or, visit the fellowship website at

To learn more about other North Carolina Sea Grant graduate fellowships, visit our Fellowships page.


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