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John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship


February 15, 2024

Open to

North Carolina
graduate students


Marine policy in
Washington, D.C.

North Carolina Sea Grant is accepting applications from North Carolina graduate students for the 2025 Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. The deadline is February 15, 2024 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

NOAA offers the prestigious fellowship through the National Sea Grant Office in honor of John A. Knauss, who was a Sea Grant founder, NOAA administrator, and dean of the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography. The program places graduate students in Washington, D.C. to work on federal policies and processes that affect ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes issues.

The 2025 Knauss fellows will serve from February 1, 2025 to January 31, 2026. Fellows may work in host offices in the U.S. Senate and House, as well as in departments in the executive branch, including many NOAA programs.

North Carolina Sea Grant strongly encourages applicants from graduate students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutions and/or from traditionally underserved and underrepresented communities.

Eligible applicants include any student, regardless of citizenship, who:

  • is enrolled in a graduate program at a North Carolina-based school at any point between the onset of the 2023 Fall Term and February 15, 2024;
  • will receive that graduate degree through an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or U.S. Territories; and
  • has an interest in ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources.

North Carolina Sea Grant will invite the state’s top candidates for interviews in March 2024 and then nominate a small handful for consideration at the national level.

Contact John Fear at for more information.


All applications are due by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on February 15, 2024.

Application Information

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