As a Knauss fellow, Kathy hopes to address the consequences of climate change through science policy. She will spend the year-long fellowship working in the National Sea Grant Office.

Kathy L.
2021 Knauss Fellow
Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Information For Letter Writers

Application Deadline: February 18, 2022

Recommendation Letters

To maintain confidentiality, VASG requires that letters NOT be submitted with the student’s application; instead, letters must be requested and uploaded through eSeaGrant. Letters must be submitted by the deadline and should be addressed to Dr. Troy Hartley, Director, Virginia Sea Grant.

  • A letter of recommendation from two individuals who have worked with the student, including at least one from a faculty member with knowledge of the student’s academic and research (when applicable) performance.
  • Letters should not exceed two pages, single-spaced.
  • These letters should discuss the following attributes of the student: self-motivation, response to setbacks, skills and involvement in teamwork, collaborative leadership skills, willingness to learn a new skill or topic, academic and performance and potential. Additionally, the letters should speak to anything else the review panel should know about the strengths that the student will bring to the fellowship.

The letters should not include personal contact information or web links to external resources (e.g., LinkedIn, articles, blogs, etc.)

Fostering a Safe and Welcome Community

VASG is committed to building inclusive research, extension, communication, and education programs that serve people from diverse backgrounds, circumstances, needs, perspectives, and ways of thinking. Diversity includes, but is not limited to, age, disability and/or health status, ethnicity, gender identity, geographic origin, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and/or veteran status. 

VASG does not tolerate any form of misconduct, discrimination or harassment, including sexual harassment, or sexual misconduct (e.g. sexual assault within its organization, at awardee organizations, field sites, meetings, or anywhere VASG-funded research, outreach and education are conducted).

2023 Knauss Fellowship Timeline

February 2022

Applications due to Virginia Sea Grant – February 18, 2022 before 5:00PM EST

March 2022

VASG review of application packages, applicant interviews

April 2022

VASG will nominate up to six applications for the national competition
April 1, 2022 before 12:00AM EDT

May 2022

National review panel and finalist selection

June 2022

Notification of applicants

October 2022

Legislative branch placement week – Dates subject to change

January 2023

Executive branch placement week – Dates subject to change 

February 2023

Fellowship begins – February 1, 2023

– JIM D.
2020 Knauss Fellow
Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Fellowship at a Glance

  • Eligibility: Any student who is enrolled towards a degree in a graduate program at any point between the 2021 Fall Term and February 18, 2022, is eligible. Applicants must have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources.
  • Funding: $84,000 in federal funding, which includes a $61,500 stipend, $5,000 for allowable expenses, and up to $15,000 for host office-related travel.
  • Important Dates: Applications are due to your state Sea Grant Program on February 18, 2022, before 5:00 PM EST.

Virginia Sea Grant strongly recommends that all applicants contact VASG two months (Dec. 18, 2021) prior to the application deadline to review the submission requirements and learn more about the support our program offers all interested applicants.

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