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GLIN==> Great Lakes Commission-Sea Grant Fellowship

The Great Lakes Commission-Sea Grant Fellowship
Deadline to apply: November 1, 1999

This is the inaugural year of the fellowship being sponsored by the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Sea Grant College
Program, the Great Lakes Commission, 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 year and is
non-renewable. The inclusive dates of the official fellowship are January 1,
2000 until December 31, 2000; however, these dates can be slightly adjusted to
accommodate academic semester or recipient needs.

Who Can Apply: 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 may apply through their local Sea
Grant program.

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.
* education and career goal statement from the applicant with emphasis on what
the prospective fellow expects from the experience in the way of career
development (not to exceed two pages).
* 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.
* copies of undergraduate and graduate student transcripts.

Award:  The 1999 Great Lakes Commission- Sea Grant Fellowship award is $38,000
of which $32,000 is available as compensation and $6,000 is reserved for
approved travel. The fellowship is managed by the Great Lakes Commission with
shared oversight by the National Sea Grant Office (NSGO).

Selection:  Each local Sea Grant program 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, and support of Sea Grant director. Other factors
such as geographical representation, disciplinary balance, and ability to work
with others play a role in the selection.

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
director for the Knauss Fellowship Program, 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

Reporting Requirements: The Great Lakes Commission-Sea Grant Fellow will report
to his/her sponsoring Sea Grant program during the one-year term. However, they
will be responsive to the technical and administrative direction of the Great
Lakes Commission. The NSGO director for Fellowship Programs will have overall
program management responsibility and will serve as counselor and final
arbitrator on problems should they arise. Fellows will be required to submit an
exit report to the NSGO at the conclusion of the fellowship on December 31.

* November 1, 1999 – Application materials from each student are due to the
state Sea Grant Director.
* November 8, 1999 – Nominees from state Sea Grant Programs are sent to the
Great Lakes Commission.
* November 30, 1999 – The finalists are selected by panel at the Great Lakes
* January 1, 2000 (approximate) – start of the fellowship.

More information can be obtained from:
The Great Lakes Commission, The Argus II Building, 400 Fourth Street, Ann Arbor,
Michigan 48103, telephone (734) 665-9135;

Dr. Shirley J. Fiske, National Sea Grant College Program, 1315 East-West
Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, telephone (301) 713-2431 extension 148;

On-line: http://ag.ansc.purdue.edu/il-in-sg/funding/fellows/glcfell.htm; or

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 - (516) 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

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