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Sea Grant Accepting Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Applications


Sara Mirabilio, 252-475-5488,
Mary Beth Barrow, 919-515-9103,

Posted Monday, Jan. 6, 2014

Original Federal Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-OAR-SG-2015-2003978

North Carolina Sea Grant is accepting applications for the 2015 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, D.C., 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, 2015, and cannot be renewed or deferred.

No less than 30 fellows will be selected from around the country, with placements ranging from U.S. Senate offices to the U.S. State Department's Office of Marine Conservation. 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.

In February, four students will represent North Carolina for the 2014 fellowship. Andrea Dell'apa, a December graduate of East Carolina University's coastal resource management doctoral program, will be working with NOAA Fisheries' Office of Management and Budget as a healthy oceans goal analyst; Emma Htun, an attorney hailing from Duke University's School of Law, will be a foreign affairs fellow with NOAA Fisheries' Office of International Affairs; Hunter Jones and Jessie Ritter, recipients of a master's in environmental management from Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment, are placed with NOAA Research's Climate Program Office and U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, Democratic Staff, respectively.

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. Up to six candidates will be nominated to the National Sea Grant Office for final selection.

Applications must be received by 5 p.m., Feb. 14, 2014. North Carolina Sea Grant will conduct face-to-face interviews mid-March in Raleigh.

Please send the following materials:

  • A resume, no more than two pages using 12-point font;
  • A goal statement, 1,000 words or less, outlining motivation for applying and expectations from the fellowship in the way of career development;
  • An official copy of all 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 2014 (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.

Email each application component as a separate file attachment to Mary Beth Barrow at Electronic copies of recommendation letters must contain signatures. If not possible, hard copies of letters should be mailed. Similarly, if official electronic transcripts cannot be secured, hard copies should be mailed also.

Address regular U.S. Postal Service mail to: Mary Beth Barrow, North Carolina Sea Grant, NC State University, Box 8605, Raleigh, NC 27695-8605. For UPS or FedEx packages, or business in person, the address is: 1575 Varsity Drive, Varsity Research Building, Module 1, Raleigh, NC 27606.

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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