The Knauss Fellowship is a program for graduate students who are interested in national policy issues affecting ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources. Successful applicants are matched with hosts within the executive and legislative branches of government in the Washington, D.C., area. This year-long program begins Feb. 1 and runs into early the following year.
We strongly encourage applicants from graduate students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutions and/or from traditionally underserved and underrepresented communities.
The fellowship honors John A. Knauss, a Sea Grant founder, NOAA administrator and former dean of the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography.
This opportunity is open for applications for the 2023 fellowship until Feb. 18, 2022, at 5 p.m.
- Apply through the eSeaGrant portal, go.ncsu.edu/ncesg. NOTE: Do not wait until the last minute to register for the portal and complete all required steps. The deadlines are firm.
- Tips and important information are available in the 2023 Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Student Guide.
- Learn more about the Knauss Fellowship from the National Sea Grant College Program.
- Watch this video about the fellowship for a quick overview.
Hear From the Fellows Themselves
- Pathways to Marine Policy: Nine 2021 Knauss Finalists Talk About How They Became Fellows
- Interviews as Catalysts of Change, Maggie Chory (2020), National Sea Grant Office
- You Can’t Plan for a Change in Plans, Cheyenne Steinbarger (2020), Global Ocean Monitoring and Observing Program
- Sun, Sand and Science, Alicia Cheripka (2019), NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Program
- On the Cutting Edge of Ocean Policy, Elizabeth Clark (2018), NOAA’s Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs.
- Reflecting on Marine Concervation at the State Department, Brianna Elliott (2018), U.S. Department of State, Office of Marine Conservation.
- The Faces Behind our Maritime Industry, Supriti Jaya Ghosh (2016), U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System.
- Framing Policy in the Arctic: Views of Changing Ecosystems, Part 1 and Part 2, Meagan Dunphy-Daly (2015), congressional affairs fellow, NOAA’s Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs.
- Five Awesome Things About the Seafood Expo North America 2015, Nichola Clark (2015), NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement, and Carolyn Doherty (2015) U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs in the Office of Marine Conservation.
- Knauss Fellowship: Opening New Career Paths, Andrea Dell’Apa (2014), Office of Management & Budget at NOAA Fisheries.
Also read Coastwatch articles and news releases about current and former Knauss fellows:
- NOAA and Sea Grant Select 2022 Knauss Fellowship Finalists from NC
- NOAA and Sea Grant Select 2021 Knauss Fellowship Finalists from NC
- Four N.C. Graduate Students Named 2020 Knauss Fellowship Finalists
- CAPITAL ACHIEVEMENTS: 2019 Knauss Finalists Named
- KNAUSS FELLOWS: Where Are They Now?
- CAPITAL CAREERS: Knauss Fellows: Where are they now?