SANDY HOOK — The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (NJSGC) has issued its annual call for graduate students interested in policy issues related to marine, ocean and/or Great Lakes resources to apply for the prestigious Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship for 2014. The 33-year old fellowship, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program, places select graduate students within the legislative or executive branches of the United States government or other related federal organizations in Washington, D.C.
NJSGC director of research and extension and associate director for New Jersey Sea Grant Administration Dr. Peter Rowe highlighted the importance of creating pathways for passionate and energetic minds to become part of the marine policy process. “The Knauss Fellowship allows young marine scientists and researchers the opportunity to learn how their host government agency or Congress functions in developing and achieving management, policy or legislative objectives. The government agency or Congressional host in turn receives scientific knowledge and expertise from the fellow which fosters better management and policy.”
Knauss alumni are often successful in parleying the fellowship experience into high-impact roles within government and other non-government organizations. Ryan Wulff, a former Knauss fellow in 2008, was recently appointed by President Obama as deputy U.S. commissioner to the International Whaling Commission.
Fellows selected for the 2014 program will receive $56,500 to cover salary, living expenses, travel funds, moving costs and health insurance. Interested applicants must be enrolled in a marine-related field in a graduate or professional degree program at an accredited institution of higher education. New Jersey residents must apply for the program through the NJSGC by February 15, 2013. Program details and application materials may be found at http://njseagrant.org/research/fellowships/312-2014-knauss-marine-policy-fellowship.
The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium is an affiliation of colleges, universities and other groups dedicated to advancing knowledge and stewardship of New Jersey’s marine and coastal environment. NJSGC meets its mission through its innovative research, education and outreach programs. For more information about the organization and its activities, visit NJSGC on the web at njseagrant.org or on social media at facebook.com/NJSeaGrant and twitter.com/NJSeaGrant.