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Fiscal Year 2019 National Sea Grant College Program Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

Fellowships to USA Grad Students to Gain Experience
in Coastal and Ocean Resource Management

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Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce

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02/23/18 5:00 PM Local Time


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Fellowships of $61,500 to USA and territories graduate students enrolled in degree programs related to to Great Lakes, coastal, and oceanic natural resources policy and management. The purpose of this program is to foster quality educational experiences for students pursuing careers in natural resources management.

The Sea Grant Act includes a legislative mandate to provide an educational experience in the policies and processes of the Legislative and Executive Branches of the Federal Government for students enrolled in graduate or professional programs that have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. In 1979, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA's) National Sea Grant College Program initiated the Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship Program to help fulfill its broad educational responsibilities and meet this legislative mandate. The Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship Program meets NOAA's Mission of “Science, service and stewardship.”

Any fellowship funds remaining after salary and fringe benefits are accounted for, must first be used to support travel of the fellow to placement week, and then to the other allowable expenses, including health insurance, relocation, academic tuition, and academic-and fellowship-related travel expense. Indirect costs are not allowable from the federal funds either for the fellowships or for any costs associated with the fellowships, including the costs budgeted for placement week.

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GrantWatch ID#: 177807

Number of Grants:

The National Sea Grant College Program anticipates funding not less than 35 selected applicants, of which those assigned to the Legislative branch will be approximately 12.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Sea Grant program receives and administers the overall cooperative agreement of $61,500 and optional additional fellowship-related travel. Of this amount, the eligible Sea Grant program provides $47,500 to each fellow for salary/stipend for the first twelve months of the fellowship.

Successful applicants may be awarded additional funds for fellowship-related travel and other expenses without further competition.

Term of Contract:

Awards are for thirteen months (2/1/2019 - 2/28/2020) and cannot be renewed or deferred. The final month of the award can be utilized by the Fellow for relocation expenses, and is not intended for Fellows to carry out host office activities or any other fellowship-salaried activities. Pre-award spending may be authorized 150 days prior to the start date of the award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An eligible applicant is any student, regardless of citizenship, who, on February 21, 2018, is enrolled towards a degree in a graduate program, that has an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The graduate degree must be awarded through an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or U.S. Territories.

Other Criteria that Affect Eligibility:

This is a one-time fellowship opportunity. Applicants that have been selected and notified as a finalist in past years are not eligible to submit an application.

The fellowship will take place in the National Capital region, so applicants must be able to reside in the Washington, DC area. Non-US citizens are responsible for obtaining the appropriate visa to allow them to work in the United States during the fellowship period.

Foreign nationals please note: while this fellowship is open to all eligible students regardless of nationality, a significant number of participating Federal host offices are unable to accept foreign nationals as Fellows. As such, there is a greater likelihood of not receiving a placement in a host office.

Prior contact/arrangements made with possible host offices before the start of the placement week will be cause for immediate disqualification from the process.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants are strongly encouraged to reach out to the Sea Grant Program in their state one to two months prior to the state application deadline to receive application support and provide notification of an intent to apply. The applicant should allow sufficient time to schedule an interview with the eligible Sea Grant program at the program’s request.

Eligible applicants must submit application materials by 5:00 PM local time on February 23, 2018 to eligible Sea Grant Programs. Applicants enrolled towards a degree in a graduate or professional program in a state or territory served by a Sea Grant Program must submit to that program. Other applicants must submit their applications to the Sea Grant program to which they were referred to by the Knauss Fellowship Program Manager.

Selected applications from the eligible Sea Grant program are to be received and validated by by the deadline of 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on April 6, 2018. (Note that National Sea Grant Office staff will only be available to answer questions until 5:00 PM EDT.)

Other than the items listed in Required Element (7) (see section IV. B of the RFP), the application submitted to the eligible Sea Grant program by the applicant must be submitted to unchanged.

The eligible Sea Grant Programs will be notified of the competitive selection results in June 2018.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship Program Manager
National Sea Grant College Program
1315 East-West Highway, R/SG, Room 11861
Silver Spring, MD 20910

(301) 734-1088

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