The Great Lakes Commission-Sea Grant Fellowship
Application deadline: February 15, 2001
This is the second year of the fellowship being sponsored by the Great Lakes Commission, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Sea Grant College Program and the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network.
The Great Lakes Commission-Sea Grant Fellow will work with members of the Great Lakes' science, policy and information/education communities to advance the environmental quality and sustainable economic development goals of the Great Lakes states. In so doing, the fellow will contribute to and benefit from research coordination and policy analysis activities. The fellow will be housed at the Great Lakes Commission offices in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Length of Assignment: The length of assignment is for one full year and is non-renewable. The inclusive dates of the official fellowship are May 1, 2001 until April 31, 2002; however, these dates are flexible to accommodate academic semester or recipient needs.
Who Can Apply: Eligible applicants include: students who, at the time of application, are in a graduate or professional degree program in a marine or aquatic-related field at a U.S. accredited institution of higher education.
How to Apply: Interested students should discuss this fellowship opportunity with their local Sea Grant programs. Interested individuals should submit their applications to local Sea Grant programs, which then screen the applications for forwarding to the Great Lakes Commission. Each application must include:
- personal and academic resume or curriculum vitae (not to exceed 2 pages);
- education and career goal statement with emphasis on what the prospective fellow expects from the experience in the way of career development (1000 words or less);
- no more than two letters of recommendation with at least one from the student's major professor; thesis papers are not desired;
- a letter of endorsement from the sponsoring Sea Grant director; and,
- a copy of all undergraduate and graduate student transcripts.
Award: The 2001 Great Lakes Commission-Sea Grant Fellowship award is $38,000 over a full one-year period. Of this amount, $32,000 is provided to each Fellow for compensation. The remaining $6,000 will be used to cover health insurance for the Fellow; satisfy academic degree-related travel; and support Fellowship-related travel. Indirect costs are not allowable for either the Fellowships or for any costs associated with the Fellowships [15 CFR 917.11(e), Guidelines for Sea Grant Fellowships]. During the fellowship, the Great Lakes Commission may provide supplemental funds for work-related travel by the fellow. The fellowship is managed by the Great Lakes Commission in consultation with the National Sea Grant Office (NSGO).
Selection: Each Great Lakes Sea Grant program (IN/IL, MI, MN, NY, OH, PA, WI) may submit up to two applicants to the regional competition conducted by the Great Lakes Commission in coordination with the National Sea Grant Office and Great Lakes Sea Grant Network. Selection criteria include: academic ability, communications skills, diversity and appropriateness of academic background, additional qualifying experience, support of major professor, support of Sea Grant director, and relevance of applicant academic background and/or interests to the Fellowship experience the Great Lakes Commission can provide.
A selection team evaluates each candidate using the above criteria. This team consists of 1) the Executive Director of the Great Lakes Commission, 2) NSGO Manager for the Knauss Fellowship Program or NSGO Education Program Leader, and 3) an elected representative from the Great Lakes Sea Grant Program directors. One fellow will be selected.
Responsibilities: The fellow will be assigned responsibilities in the area of science/policy research, analysis and interjurisdictional coordination. It is anticipated that the fellow will work on one or more issues in depth, while also being exposed to a range of salient science, resource management and public policy issues. An emphasis will be placed on networking; the fellow will participate in various activities and events, and interact with senior level officials at all levels of government. Extensive interaction with Knauss Sea Grant Fellows will be a priority, and travel to Washington, D.C. will be arranged for an introduction to federal legislative, appropriations, and policy processes.
Reporting Requirements: The Great Lakes Commission-Sea Grant Fellowship will be conducted under the technical and administrative direction of the Great Lakes Commission. The executive director of the Great Lakes Commission and the NSGO Manager for Fellowship Programs will share overall program management responsibility and will jointly address any problems/matters that arise over the course of the Fellowship. Fellows are required to submit quarterly reports (and an exit report) to the Great Lakes Commission for distribution to the NSGO and all Great Lakes Sea Grant directors.
- February 15, 2001 - Application materials from each student are due to the state Sea Grant Director.
- February 28, 2001 - Nominees from Sea Grant Programs are sent due to the Great Lakes Commission.
- March 9, 2001 - The finalists are selected by panel at the Great Lakes Commission.
- March 30, 2001- Fellow selected by Great Lakes Commission-Sea Grant selection team.
- May 1, 2001 (approximate) - start of the fellowship.
More information can be obtained from:
- Dr. Michael J. Donahue, executive director, Great Lakes Commission, The Argus II Building, 400 Fourth Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103-4816, Ph: 734-665-9135, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org;
- Ms. Nikola Garber, National Sea Grant College Program, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, Ph: 301-713-2431 extension 124, Email: Nikola.Garber@noaa.gov
- Your nearest Sea Grant program
- University of Illinois - 765-494-3573
- University of Michigan - 734-763-1437
- University of Minnesota - 218-726-8106
- State University of New York - 631-632-6905
- The Ohio State University - 614-292-8949
- Penn State Erie - 814-898-6420
- Purdue University - 765-494-3573
- University of Wisconsin - 608-262-0905
The Great Lakes Commission, chaired by Nathaniel E. Robinson (Wisconsin), is a nonpartisan, binational compact agency created by state and U.S. federal law and dedicated to promoting a strong economy, healthy environment and high quality of life for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region and its residents. The Commission consists of state legislators, agency officials and governors' appointees from its eight member states. Associate membership for Ontario and Québec was established through the signing of a "Declaration of Partnership." The Commission maintains a formal Observer program involving U.S. and Canadian federal agencies, tribal authorities, binational agencies and other regional interests. The Commission offices are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.