All hosts are required to fill out the new Host Request Application Form (available here). If you need to update anything in the form after submission, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 240-507-3712.
Host request forms are due by October 5, 2021 (Exec) or January TBD, 2022 (Leg)
Unfortunately, Hosts are not guaranteed to have a Knauss Fellow. Read about the placement process in the following questions.
The placement process is scheduled for October 13-27, 2021 (Exec) or January TBD, 2022 (Leg). Host offices are required to participate in presentations and interviews scheduled throughout the full process.
Hosts begin the process by presenting a short overview of their office and the fellowship position to the Finalists (Finalists become Fellows once they have been matched with a Host Office).
Finalists then select Host Offices with whom they will interview. Interview sign-up sheets will be emailed to the Host Offices and interviews will ensue through Friday, October 22, 2021 (Exec) or January TBD, 2022 (Leg).
Hosts need to submit their availability for 30-minute interviews with Knauss finalists throughout Placement Week. Hosts should submit availability by October 13, 2021 (Exec) or January TBD, 2022 (Leg). If you need to update your availability you must notify email@example.com by October 18, 2021 (Exec) or January TBD, 2022 (Leg) at 12:00 pm NOON EST.
Presentations are limited to a maximum of 7 minutes (suggested 6 min plus 1 min for questions). The National Sea Grant Office will provide a template for presentations. All presentations will either be recorded ahead of time or presented virtually.
Wednesday/Thursday, October 13/14, 2021. Presentations will be given between 12:00 pm-6:00 pm EST virtually via GoToWebinar.
Monday, January TBD, 2022. Presentations will be given between 9:00 am-1:00 pm EST virtually via GoToWebinar.
Hosts will receive their interview schedule with finalist names via email. The host office will be expected to schedule their interviews using their preferred virtual communication platform.
Friday, October 15, 2021, by 4:30 pm EST
Interviews take place virtually. Each host office will be able to use the platform of their choice. We prefer that all interviews are conducted with both audio and video.
Executive Hosts: **All times are eastern** **Note that due to the virtual nature of placement week, we are leaving ample time for interviews. Please be respectful of those in different time zones.
Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 9:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday, October 21, 2021, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday, October 22, 2021, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Call back interviews: Monday, October 25, 2021, 12:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Legislative Hosts: **All times are Eastern**
Once interviews have been completed, each Host Office must put into rank order (one Finalist per rank) each of the Finalists interviewed by the Host office. All Host Offices must email these rankings to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, October 26, 2021 (Exec) by 6:30 am or TBD, 2022 (Leg) by 12:30 pm. Failure to email these rankings to the National Sea Grant Office will disqualify a Host Office from consideration to host a fellow. We encourage hosts to rank everyone they interviewed.
Hosts will fill out a ranking sheet (Excel) of Finalists they have interviewed and submit to the Knauss Program Manager by Tuesday, October 26, 2021 (Exec) by 6:30 am or TBD, 2022 (Leg) by 12:30 pm. Placement decisions for both the executive and legislative classes are ultimately made by a matching algorithm. The algorithm is for two-sided matching markets - so it takes into account both the preference of the hosts and the fellows and produces ‘stable’ matches. This algorithm is most famously used in the National Resident Matching Program - used to match medical residents with hospitals (aka many-to-one" matching).
Due to the current global pandemic (COVID-19) Evening Activities have been suspended for the 2022 placement process.
Each office that is successful will be notified directly via a phone call or in-person from the Fellow on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 27, 2021 (Exec) or TBD, 2022 (Leg). The Knauss Program Manager will notify each office that is not successful on the afternoon of the respective days.
Fellows will be provided with a ratification document, which hosts and fellows will sign on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 (Exec) or TBD 2022 (Leg). The document commits both the Host and the Fellow to the fellowship program. It is signed by a Host Office representative, the Fellow, and the Knauss Program Manager.
Executive Hosts: Guidance on funds transfer to Sea Grant to support the Fellow will also be provided as part of the Ratification Document.
The fellowship dates are February 1, 2022 through January 31, 2023. The start and end dates are flexible so as to accommodate the host and fellow’s schedules. Please consult the program manager (OAR.SG.Fellows@noaa.gov) if you have questions regarding start and end dates.