Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

Information for Knauss Applicants

Next available fellowship: February 1, 2019-January 31, 2020

Final applications due to Maryland Sea Grant: February 23, 2018 
Thank you for your interest in applying for the Knauss Fellowship. We encourage you to learn as much as possible before you begin the application process.
  • Please review MDSG’s website and the NOAA Knauss website before starting your application. In particular, NOAA provides guidance for developing your essay and the points regarding how fellowship applications will be evaluated.
  • Detailed information about this year’s fellowship and application is available from the Federal Register: Go to: for Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-OAR-SG-2019-2005447
  • We strongly recommend you contact Maryand Sea Grant to discuss the fellowship and application requirements.



Any student, regardless of citizenship, is eligible if enrolled towards a degree in an accredited graduate program in the state of Maryland on the date the applications are due to Maryland Sea Grant. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources.  Students from a broad range of environmental programs are encouraged to apply.


How to Apply

Please read carefully as the process has changed.

Step 1: Contact Maryland Sea Grant well before the application deadline to set up an interview date. We will answer questions about the fellowship and the application process and discuss your draft application package. Maryland Sea Grant must receive your draft application package one week before the interview.

Step 2: Register for an account to prepare your application on Maryland Sea Grant's eSeaGrant proposal portal,  Click "Add Fellowship Application" to navigate the system and create your fellowship proposal.

Step 3: You must upload all pieces of your application to the eSeaGrant proposal portal. The five required pieces are:

a) A personal education and career goal statement (12 pt font; maximum 1000 words) from the applicant emphasizing:

  • Applicant's abilities
  • Career goals
  • Applicant's expectations from the experience for career development
  • Relevance of background to seeking a Knauss Fellowship (e.g., a demonstrated interest in ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources)
  • Placement preference: Legislative or executive branches of government, or no preference. If seeking one branch in particular, the letter should justify why this is the most beneficial for your experience.
b) Personal and academic curriculum vitae (not to exceed two pages)
c) Clear, scanned copy of all official undergraduate and graduate student transcripts.
d) Listing of classes and/or plans for spring, summer, and fall of the 2018 calendar year (one page limit)
e) You must request two signed letters of recommendation using the document request tab in eSeaGrant. One letter must be from the applicant's major professor or, if no major professor exists, the faculty person most familiar with the applicant's academic work.​ Writers must upload recommendation letters as PDFs, signed and on letterhead. We recommend you share the FFO with your recommenders so that it is understood the points that your application will be evaluated on, as this could help them in their writing of your recommendation. Due to Maryland Sea Grant by February 23, 2018.
We request you upload all application materials one week prior to your interview. Materials may be revised up until the official submission deadline. Reference letters must be submitted by the formal application deadline. ​
Step 4: Attend your interview with Maryland Sea Grant to discuss your background, educational plans, goals for the fellowship, and draft fellowship package. 
Step 5: Submit your proposal to Maryland Sea Grant by the official state deadline. Make sure your letter writers also submit their letters by this date.
After the application deadline, a Maryland Sea Grant panel will review all applications and select the top candidates for the submission to the national competition.


Knauss Legislative Fellowships

Maryland Sea Grant prepared this video and a fact sheet that describe the benefits of requesting this kind of Knauss fellowship placement.

Maryland Sea Grant Contact

Dr. Michael Allen, Associate Director for Research and Administration
phone: (301) 405-7500
Mailing Address:
Maryland Sea Grant College
4321 Hartwick Road, Suite 300
College Park, Maryland 20740