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Final applications due to Maryland Sea Grant: February 16, 2023 at 5 PM local time.
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, is eligible to submit to this opportunity if:
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.
Please read carefully as the process has changed.
Step 1: Contact Maryland Sea Grant well before the application deadline to set up a virtual meeting date with staff. 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 in eSeaGrant. See our calendar for appointment slots in December and January.
Step 2: Register for an account to prepare your application on Maryland Sea Grant's eSeaGrant proposal portal, https://eseagrant.mdsg.umd.edu. 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 six required pieces are:
(1) 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.). If included, programs should redact prior to submission.
(2) Personal education and career development response. The student should emphasize their abilities and expectations of the fellowship experience in terms of their career development. Each section and subsequent subsection should be answered separately. The entire personal education and career development section should not exceed 1,500 words total. Suggested word counts will be included with each subsection below. Section headers will count as part of the overall word count. The student should not include personal contact information or web links to external resources (e.g., LinkedIn, articles, blogs, etc.). If included, programs should redact prior to submission.
(3) Relevant Coursework and Future Year Plans (not to exceed one page single spaced): The student should discuss any relevant coursework and their future year activities. Relevant Coursework: The student may discuss any completed or in progress classes that they deem relevant to their success in the Knauss Fellowship Program. Future year activities: The student should include a listing of classes and/or plans for spring 2023, summer 2023, and fall 2023.
(4) Two letters of recommendation from individuals who have worked with the student, including at least one from a faculty member associated with the student’s current enrolment who has knowledge of the student’s academic and research (when applicable) performance. Each letter 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 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.). If included, programs should redact prior to submission. Any letters beyond the two letters of recommendation and the eligible Sea Grant director’s letter will be disregarded by the selection panel. Letters of endorsement from members of Congress, friends, or relatives will not be accepted.
(5) Clear digital or scanned copies of all undergraduate and graduate student transcripts (unofficial are acceptable).
(6) 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.
We request you upload all application materials one week prior to your meeting. Materials may be revised up until the official submission deadline. Reference letters must be submitted by the formal application deadline.
Step 4: Attend your meeting with Maryland Sea Grant staff 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 based on the criteria in the NOFO and select the top candidates for the submission to the national competition.
Step 6: Selected applicants will meet with the Director for a one-on-one interview about your application, career goals, and plans for the fellowship in March. This interview will inform the director's letter in your package.
For the 2023 Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Student Guide click here.
For the Student Application Guide to Sea Grant Fellowships, click here.
Dr. Michael Allen, Associate Director for Research and Administration
phone: (301) 405-7500
Maryland Sea Grant College
5825 University Research Court Suite 1350
College Park, Maryland 20740