Jim Eckman
California Sea Grant
College Program
University of California
9500 Gilman Drive Dept 0232
La Jolla CA 92093-0232
Phone: (858) 534-4440
Fax: (858) 534-2231

The John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

The federal Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program was established in 1979 to provide a unique educational experience to students who have an interest in marine/ocean/Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources.

The program, which is sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Sea Grant College Program, matches highly qualified graduate students with hosts in the legislative branch, the executive branch, or appropriate associations/institutions located in the Washington, DC area for a one-year paid fellowship. The program is named after former NOAA administrator John A. Knauss.

I. Current Announcement
II. Information for Current Knauss Fellows
III. Learn More about the Knauss Fellowship

Announcement of Federal Funding Opportunity

Executive Summary

Federal Agency Name(s): Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce

Funding Opportunity Title: 2016 National Sea Grant College Program Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship (Knauss Fellowship Program)

Announcement Type: Initial Announcement

Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-OAR-SG-2016-2004335

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number(s):11.417, Sea Grant Support

Dates: The deadline for application to California Sea Grant is 5 pm Pacific Standard Time, February 13, 2015. Selected applications from the sponsoring state SGCP are to be received and validated by by the deadline of 5 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on March 31, 2015.

Funding Opportunity Description: This notice announces that applications may be submitted for the 2016 National Sea Grant College Program Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship (Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship). Sea Grant anticipates funding not less than 30 selected applicants, of which those assigned to the Legislative branch may be limited to 10. Each award will be funded at a total of $56,500 in federal funding.


For more detailed information about host offerings, applications, selection and placement process in Washington DC, please visit the National Sea Grant Knauss website at:

The NSGO Knauss website has a "Creating an Application" page for helpful guidance on preparing your application.

A listing of the type of fellowship positions available (from the 2014 Class) can be found at

Tips for applicants (updated 12/15/2014)

Submission Information (updated 12/15/2014)

Please upload an electronic copy of all application items, with required signatures. The electronic version of your application must be submitted as PDFs using the California Sea Grant submission link:

If you have never used this website, you will need to register for an account. You can change the randomly-generated password once you log in successfully into the website.

Please make sure to include your last name in the file names for each section of the proposal (e.g., Smith_budget.pdf or Smith_cv.pdf).

IMPORTANT: To preserve confidentiality, letters of recommendations should be sent directly to our office. Letters can sent as attachments in emails to, or faxed to our office at 858-534-2231

For electronic files larger than 6 MB, contact
to make other arrangements.

Please read the Knauss funding announcement for instructions regarding these required elements.

Please note the suggested name for your files after each item; no spaces or / in the filenames.

It would be VERY helpful if you would follow this format.

List of elements for application
Required Element Suggested File Name
Curriculum Vitae (2 pages maximum) 1_LastName_CV.pdf
A personal education and career goal statement (1000 words or less) 2_LastName_Goal.pdf
Two letters of recommendation, including one from the student's major professor 3_LastName_RecLtr1.pdf and 3_LastName_RecLtr2.pdf
Copy of all official undergraduate and graduate student transcripts 4_LastName_Transcript.pdf
Listing of classes and/or plans for spring 2015, summer 2015 and fall 2015 (not to exceed one page) 5_LastName_Plans.pdf
Data sharing declaration (sample) 6_LastName_Declaration.pdf


Applications must be submitted by 5 pm, February 13, 2015, to the California Sea Grant Program. State Sea Grant programs may select and forward to the National Office up to six (6) finalists according to a selection criteria comparable to that used by the National Office in the national competition.


  1. February 13, 2015 - Application materials from each student are due to California Sea Grant (each program sets its own date around this general time).
  2. March, 2015 - Interviews by California Sea Grant staff to select up to six finalists.
  3. March 31, 2015 - Application materials from Sea Grant programs are due at the National Sea Grant Office by 2:00 pm PDT (5:00 pm EDT).
  4. June, 2015 - Sea Grant Programs notified of selection results.
  5. December XX-XX, 2015 - Placement Week (exact dates TBD); selected applicants are required to travel to Washington, DC, for interviews with potential hosts.
  6. February 1, 2016 - Start of the fellowship.


Jim Eckman, Director
For more information email:

Please direct online submission questions to:

Roberto Chavez
(858) 534-4441

II. Information for Current Knauss Fellows

  • Knauss FAQs 2012
  • Knauss FAQs 2013
  • Knauss FAQs 2014
  • Knauss FAQs 2015
  • Direct Deposit Form
  • Knauss Fellow Tax Information
  • Required Education Report
  • Travel Reimbursement Form
  • Travel FAQs
    Domestic travel includes travel to all US possessions or trusts, such as Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Trust Territories, Guam and Samoa.

    Reimbursement for travel expenses shall not be higher than the University of California approved travel rates. These travel rates are published at

    CASG requires a written request with justification at least fifty (50) days PRIOR to the trip in order to notify the National Sea Grant office. Your trip should be approved by your host prior to submitting the request to California Sea Grant. Once the host approves your travel, please e-mail the request with subject line "Knauss travel request" to Jim Eckman ( and copy in the email.

    Travel Checklist: All foreign travel must be in compliance with the Fly America Act. US air carriers must be used on all portions of the route where service is provided. If a foreign carrier is used on any portion of a trip when no US carriers are available, a completed Fly America Act Waiver Checklist must be submitted.

    Requests for prior approval should be written in the third person and include the following:
    a) Traveler’s name;
    b) Dates traveled;
    c) Reason for the trip;
    d) Origin and destination of the travel;
    e) Detailed itinerary of the travel, name of the air carrier, and flight number for each leg of
    the trip (a PDF of a quote from an airline with details of the proposed trip and cost should accompany the letter); and
    f) Detailed cost for lodging, meals, registration (e.g., Lodging 3 days @ $/day = $; Meals 3 days @ $ govt per diem rate or less)

III. Learn More about the Knauss Fellowship

Learn more about the Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship through podcasts produced by Wisconsin Sea Grant.

Video about Knauss Fellowship

Articles about previous Knauss Fellows

The California Sea Grant College Program is a statewide, multiuniversity program of marine research, extension services, and education activities administered by the University of California. It is headquartered at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. The National Sea Grant College Program is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US Department of Commerce. noaa logo