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NC Scholar Begins Knauss Fellowship


Katie Mosher, 919-515-9069,

Posted Monday, February 1, 2016

Jaya Ghosh has started her duty as a Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy fellow. She is from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment.

Funded by the National Sea Grant College Program, the fellowship honors John A. Knauss, a Sea Grant founder and former dean of the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography.

Jaya Ghosh
Jaya Ghosh

Graduate students are placed for a year with agencies in Washington, D.C., to focus on federal policies and processes affecting ocean, coastal and Great Lakes issues.

This placement brings the number of Knauss placements from North Carolina to 71, among the highest in the Sea Grant Network. Some fellows go on to careers in different states, while others remain in Washington, D.C., after the fellowship.

Ghosh is serving as policy liaison to the executive director for the Committee on the Marine Transportation System. The committee coordinates among many distinct federal agencies and departments to ensure that the marine transportation system meets the needs of its stakeholders, and connects smoothly to the rest of the U.S. transportation system.

Ghosh’s master’s project involved evaluating international-, regional- and national-scale governance regimes that manage marine transportation in the Arctic.

“Drawing on understandings of governance, I evaluated these regimes based on seven principles of global environmental governance,” Ghosh added. “Because of the focus of my master’s research, I am particularly excited to be spending my Knauss fellowship year seeing how the concepts I explored in my master’s project regarding maritime transportation issues translate to real-world maritime management.”

Ghosh has a master’s degree in environmental management from Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment and a certificate in international development policy from Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy. Ghosh holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and geology from Middlebury College in Vermont. She is originally from Seattle.

For more information about the fellowship, go to The next deadline for Knauss fellowship applications is Feb. 12, 2016.


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