An eligible applicant is any student who is enrolled towards a degree in a graduate program at any point between the onset of the 2021 Fall Term (quarter, trimester, semester, etc.) and February 19, 2022; The student’s graduate degree program must be through an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or U.S. Territories; Students are eligible regardless of nationality; domestic and international students at accredited U.S. institutions may apply; and applicants must have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources.
This is a one-time fellowship opportunity. Applicants that have participated in the fellowship in past years will not be eligible to submit an application. The one-year fellowship will take place in the National Capital region, so applicants must be able to reside in the Washington, D.C. area. Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for obtaining the appropriate visa to allow them to work in the Washington, D.C. area during the fellowship period. Applicants must be able to pass a federal background security check. Prior contact/arrangements made with possible host offices before the start of the placement week will be cause for immediate disqualification from the process.
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. This may reduce the number of placement opportunities available to foreign nationals.
VASG is committed to building inclusive research, extension, communication, and education programs that serve people with diverse backgrounds, circumstances, needs, perspectives, and ways of thinking. Diversity includes, but is not limited to, age, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability and/or health status, religion, veteran status, geographic origin, and socio-economic status.
Subject to the availability of funding, Sea Grant anticipates funding not less than 35 selected applicants, of which those assigned to the Legislative branch will be approximately 17. Each award is anticipated to be funded at a total of $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. In certain circumstances, additional office-related travel funding may take the award above $84,000. The anticipated start date is February 1, 2023, for the 12-month fellowship. These awards cannot be renewed or deferred.
Knauss Fellowships are contingent upon the availability and timeliness of federal appropriations.