Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

Fellowship dates:  February 1, 2019 – January 31, 2020


Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellows work for one year on congressional staff or in a federal agency, where they study, implement, and even create marine policy. Ten congressional positions and 30 or more agency positions are available each year. Washington Sea Grant may nominate up to six fellows to be considered by the National Sea Grant office.

Legislative fellows typically spend their time learning about marine-related policy issues in Congress and often get the chance to further key pieces of legislation. Executive fellows work for such agencies as NOAA, Environmental Protection Agency, National Science Foundation, State Department, Fish and Wildlife Service, and Department of Energy, often assisting in the implementation of management and conservation laws.Prospective Fellows

Eligibility (2019 fellows)

An eligible applicant is any student, regardless of citizenship, who, on February 21, 2018, is enrolled towards a degree in a graduate program that has an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The graduate degree must be awarded through an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or U.S. Territories.

Application information may be found on, at It may also be obtained from the eligible Sea Grant programs. Applicants from states not served by a Sea Grant program should obtain further information by contacting the Knauss Sea Grant Fellowship Program Manager at the National Sea Grant Office (NSGO).

Length of Assignment

The length of assignment is one-year (non-renewable). The dates of the official fellowship are February 1, 2019 – January 31, 2020.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted to the state Sea Grant program by February 23, 2018. Applicants are strongly encouraged to reach out to the Sea Grant Program in their state one to two months prior to the state application deadline to receive application support and provide notification of an intent to apply. The applicant should allow sufficient time to schedule an interview with the eligible Sea Grant program at the program’s request.

Each Sea Grant program may select and forward to the national competition no more than six (6) applicants selected according to criteria listed in the federal funding opportunity.

Applications to the national competition must come from Sea Grant programs, not individual applicants and must be must be received and validated by by the deadline of 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on April 06, 2018. The competitive selection process and subsequent notification to the eligible Sea Grant Programs or Projects will be completed by June 2018.

More information for prospective fellows on Inside Sea Grant

Host Offices

A Knauss Host Office provides an educational opportunity to a fellow who in turn provides substantial and professional contributions to the office. The hosts provide opportunities for involvement in substantive issues that support the fellows’ professional and educational accomplishments and goals.

For examples of Host Offices that participate in the Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program, as well as position descriptions, please review the 2017 Knauss Positions.

If you are a current host office, or are interested in Hosting a 2018 Knauss Marine Policy Fellow, please see our Host Resources Page on Inside Sea Grant.

More information for host offices on Inside Sea Grant