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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.

Contact John Fear at for more information.


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Updated 10/4/2021