Information for Knauss Applicants

Next available fellowship: February 1, 2021-January 31, 2022

Final applications due to Maryland Sea Grant: February 21, 2020 at 5 PM

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.


Any student, regardless of citizenship, who, on February 21, 2020, is enrolled towards a degree in a graduate program, and has an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes
resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources is eligible to submit an application to Maryland Sea Grant.Students from a broad range of environmental programs are encouraged to apply.

Maryland Sea Grant and the National Sea Grant College Program champion diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) by recruiting, retaining and preparing a diverse workforce, and proactively engaging and serving the diverse populations of coastal communities. Sea Grant is committed to building inclusive research, extension, communication and education programs that serve people with unique backgrounds, circumstances, needs, perspectives and ways of thinking. We encourage applicants of all ages, races, ethnicities, national origins, gender identities, sexual orientations, disabilities, cultures, religions, citizenship types, marital statuses, education levels, job classifications, veteran status types, and income, and socioeconomic status types to apply for this opportunity.

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 in the Application section. The five required pieces are:

a) Curriculum vitae (not to exceed two pages). The student should not include personal contact information or web links to external resources (e.g., LinkedIn, articles, blogs, etc.).

b) Personal education and career goal statement emphasizing the applicant's abilities and the applicant's expectations of the fellowship experience in terms of their career development (1000 words or less). Placement preference in the legislative or executive branches of the government SHOULD NOT BE be stated.

c) Listing of classes and/or plans for spring, summer, and fall of the 2020 calendar year (one page limit)

d) Clear, scanned copy of all undergraduate and graduate student transcripts.

e) For applicants in a state or territory not served by an eligible Sea Grant program, but applying through an eligible Sea Grant program, a written statement from the Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship Program Manager referring the applicant to the most appropriate eligible Sea Grant program must be included as part of that applicant's application package to the Sea Grant program.

f) 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 21, 2020.

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
5825 University Research Court Suite 1350
College Park, Maryland 20740

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