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2020 CERF Webinar: What I Wish I Knew When I Was Applying to Fellowships!
Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT
Category: CERF Events & Webinars

What I Wish I Knew When I Was Applying to Fellowships!

About the Webinar

Have you ever wondered what a successful fellowship application looks like? Do you know what reviewers look for in a letter of recommendation? Join CERF and NOAA National Sea Grant to learn the ins and outs of applying to fellowship positions. Maddie Kennedy is the current Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship manager and will be discussing what makes a successful fellowship application package. Using The Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship as an example this webinar will cover the following topics:

  • Breaking down the fellowship application
  • What makes a strong cover letter and CV
  • How to choose a strong recommendation letter writer
  • What applications reviewers look for

Students have different levels of experience when it comes to applying for fellowships, and can benefit from having a well-informed mentor or advisor to help them navigate the application process. From something as simple as a proofreader to as critical as a strong letter of recommendation, supportive and informed mentorship throughout the process can be the key to a successful application. We highly encourage advisors (academic and other) and individuals who think they may write a letter of recommendation or help a student through the application to learn about the process so they can be a resource for potential applicants.

This webinar will be an opportunity for potential applicants and advisors to learn and ask questions about the process.

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 About Maddie Kennedy

Maddie Kennedy

Maddie Kennedy is a Program Analyst contracted to the National Sea Grant College program. For the last two years, she has been managing the Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship program. She has extensive knowledge of the application process through her experience writing the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to review application packages. She is interested in helping students jump-start their careers and has a passion for supporting diversity in STEM.

Prior to her current role, Kennedy was a Sea Grant Knauss Fellow in the National Sea Grant Office specializing in Disaster Preparedness and Resilience. Maddie earned her Master’s degree in Coastal Ecology from The University of South Alabama and The Dauphin Island Sea Lab.