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December 16, 2014 | Katie Mosher


John Fear, 919-515-9104,

Posted Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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

North Carolina Sea Grant invites graduate students at North Carolina universities to apply for the 2016 Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. This national opportunity is offered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program.

The one-year fellowship places graduate students in Washington, D.C., to work on federal policies and processes affecting ocean, coastal and Great Lakes issues. Recipients will receive a total maximum stipend of $56,500. Reimbursement for health insurance, work-related travel and relocation expenses also are provided. The placement starts on Feb. 1, 2016, and cannot be renewed or deferred.

No less than 30 fellows will be selected from around the country. The prestigious program honors John A. Knauss, a Sea Grant founder, NOAA administrator and former dean of the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography.

North Carolina Sea Grant will nominate students who are enrolled in graduate or professional programs at North Carolina academic institutions at the time of application deadline. U.S. citizenship is not required. North Carolina Sea Grant can nominate up to six N.C. candidates to the National Sea Grant Office for final selection.

North Carolina Sea Grant has had 67 placements through 2014, among the highest in the Sea Grant Network. Two North Carolina fellows will join the class of 2015 in February. Some fellows go on to careers in different states, while others remain in Washington, D.C., after the fellowship.

Applications must be received by 5 p.m., Feb. 13, 2015. North Carolina Sea Grant will conduct face-to-face interviews in mid-March in Raleigh.

Please send the following materials:

Email each application component as a separate file attachment to John Fear at Electronic copies of recommendation letters must contain signatures. If not possible, hard copies of letters should be mailed. Similarly, if the applicant cannot secure official electronic transcripts, hard copies should be mailed also.

Address regular U.S. Postal Service mail to: John Fear, North Carolina Sea Grant, NC State University, Box 8605, Raleigh, NC 27695-8605. For UPS or FedEx packages, or business in person, the address is: 1575 Varsity Drive, Varsity Research Building, Module 1, Raleigh, NC 27606.

For more information, contact Fear at 919-515-9104 or Or visit the fellowship website at

To learn more about other North Carolina Sea Grant graduate fellowships, visit our Fellowships page.


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