Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

Information for Knauss Applicants

Next available fellowship: February 1, 2018-January 31, 2019

Applications due to Maryland Sea Grant: February 21, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern)
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.
  • Detailed information about this year’s fellowship and application is available from the Federal Register: Go to: for Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-OAR-SG-2018-2004993
  • We also encourage you to contact us 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. For 2018, we will also accept applications from students enrolled in degree programs in the District of Columbia.


How to Apply

Step 1: Contact Maryland Sea Grant well before the application deadline to indicate your interest. We can answer questions about the fellowship and the application process. 

Step 2: Fill out this online interest survey prior to starting your application. 

Step 3: Assemble your application and submit it by the deadline.

All applications must include:

a) Two signed letters of recommendation. 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.
b) 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.
c) Personal and academic curriculum vitae (not to exceed two pages)
d) Clear, scanned copy of all official undergraduate and graduate student transcripts.
e) Listing of classes and/or plans for spring, summer, and fall of the current calendar year (one page limit)
f - DC applicants only) Signed letter from the Knauss program manager (contact
E-mail your application package (parts b - e) as a single PDF to Dr. Michael Allen. Official transcripts may be sent directly to Dr. Allen via e-mail or postal mail.
Recommendation letters (signed and on letterhead) may be sent directly to Dr. Fredrika Moser from the recommender via an e-mailed PDF file or postal mail (in a sealed, signed envelope).
Step 4: A Maryland Sea Grant panel will review applicant files and the director will interview the top candidates starting in March. 


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