MASGC seeks candidates for policy fellowship

By: Melissa Schneider / Published: Jan 02,  2014

The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium is now seeking applicants for the 2015 National Sea Grant College Program Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. The fellowship is funded through the National Sea Grant Office and administered through individual state Sea Grant programs. 

Knauss fellows spend a year in marine policy-related positions in the legislative and executive branches of the federal government. Past fellows have worked in the offices of U.S. senators and representatives, on Congressional subcommittees and at agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Fellowships run from Feb. 1, 2015, to Jan. 31, 2016, and pay a stipend of $45,000 plus $9,000 for health insurance, moving expenses and fellowship-related travel.

Students must be enrolled in a graduate program during the spring semester of 2014 to be eligible.

Applications are due at the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium office by 5 p.m., Feb. 14, 2014. For application details and information about the Knauss program, visit the National Sea Grant website.

Applications must include:

  • CV (2-page)
  • Education and career goal statement (1000 words)
  • Letters of recommendation (2 total, one from a major professor)
  • Undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • List of classes and plans for spring, summer and fall of 2014 (one page)

Applicants will be expected to sign a data sharing plan. This form will be given to applicants upon the receipt of materials.

Please contact MASGC Director LaDon Swann ( if you know of a potential candidate. Application materials should be sent to Loretta Leist ( Once applications are received, candidates will be scheduled to interview with Dr. Swann.  


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