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Title: Apply Now: 2009 Great Lakes Commission-Sea Grant Fellowship

2009 Great Lakes Commission-Sea Grant Fellowship
Application deadline: Friday, Jan. 30, 2009

View online posting at http://glc.org/about/scholarships/fellow.html

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.

This is the 10th year this fellowship has been 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 length of assignment is for one year and is nonrenewable. The inclusive dates of the official fellowship are June 1, 2009, until May 31, 2010; however, these dates are flexible to accommodate academic semester or recipient needs.

Eligible applicants include students who, at the time of application, are in a graduate or professional degree program in public policy, public health, natural resources, aquatic sciences or other related field at a U.S. accredited institution of higher education in the United States.

Interested individuals should discuss this fellowship opportunity with their local Sea Grant programs. Students should submit their applications to the state Sea Grant program directors (see below), who 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 two pages);

·       Education and career goal statement with emphasis on what the prospective fellow expects from the experience in the way of career development (1,000 words or less);

·       Two letters of recommendation, with at least one from the student's major professor;

·       A letter of endorsement from the sponsoring Sea Grant director; and

·       A copy of undergraduate and graduate student transcripts.

Note: Thesis papers are not requested or desired.

The Great Lakes Commission-Sea Grant Fellowship award is $41,000 over a one-year period. Of this amount, $35,000 is provided to each Fellow for compensation. The remaining $6,000 will be used to cover health insurance for the Fellow and support fellowship-related travel. 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 Process
Each Great Lakes Sea Grant program (IN/IL, MI, MN, NY, OH, PA, WI) may submit up to two applicants to the regional competition. 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.

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.


·       Jan. 30, 2009: Application materials from each student are due to the state Sea Grant Director.

·       Feb. 23, 2009: Nominees from Sea Grant Programs are due to the Great Lakes Commission.

·       March 9, 2009: The finalists are selected by the Great Lakes Commission and phone interviews scheduled.

·       March 30, 2009: Fellow selected by Great Lakes Commission-Sea Grant selection team.

·       June 1, 2009 (approximate): Start of the fellowship.

Application deadline is Friday, Jan. 30, 2009. Late applications will not be considered.

For more information
You can obtain more information about the Great Lakes - Sea Grant Fellowship from the following sources:

Tim Eder, Executive Director
Great Lakes Commission
Eisenhower Corporate Park
2805 S. Industrial Hwy, Suite 100
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-6791
Phone: 734/971.9135

Miguel Lugo
National Sea Grant College Program
R/SG, NOAA, Room 11718
1315 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: 301/734.1075

You can also obtain additional information from your nearest Sea Grant program (application materials need to be submitted to the Sea Grant program directors, as listed below):

·       Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant: 217/333.6444
Dr. Brian Miller, Director
University of Illinois
1101 W. Peabody Drive
350 National Soybean Research Center, MC-635
Urbana, IL 61801

·       Michigan Sea Grant: 734/763.1437
Dr. Don Scavia, Director
Michigan Sea Grant
Samuel T. Dana Building
440 Church St., Suite 4044
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1041

·       Minnesota Sea Grant: 218/726.8106
Dr. Stephen Bortone, Director
2305 East Fifth Street
208 Washburn Hall
Duluth, Minnesota 55812

·       New York Sea Grant: 631/632.6905
James Ammerman, Director
New York Sea Grant
121 Discovery Hall
SUNY at Stony Brook
Stony Brook, NY 11794-5001

·       Ohio Sea Grant: 614/292.8949
Dr. Jeffery M. Reutter, Director
1314 Kinnear Rd., Area 100
Columbus, OH 43212-1156

·       Pennsylvania Sea Grant: 814/898.6160
Dr. Robert W. Light, Director
Tom Ridge Environmental Center
301 Peninsula Dr., Suite 3
Erie, PA 16505

·       Wisconsin Sea Grant: 608/262.0905
Dr. Anders W. Andren, Institute Director
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
1975 Willow Drive, 2nd Floor
Madison, WI 53706-1177

The Great Lakes Commission, chaired by Lt. Gov. Patrick Quinn (Ill.), is a nonpartisan, binational compact agency established under 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 governors' appointees, state legislators, and agency officials 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.