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September 23, 2019 | Dave Shaw

Fact sheet about the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship ProgramFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

John Fear, 919-515-9104,

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North Carolina Sea Grant is accepting applications from North Carolina graduate students for the 2021 Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. The deadline is Feb. 21, 2020.

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.

Knauss fellows have worked in U.S. Senate and House offices, departments in the executive branch, NOAA programs and other agencies. More than 80 graduate students from North Carolina have served as Knauss fellows throughout the program’s 40-year history, including four current 2019 Knauss fellows and four Knauss fellows finalists for 2020.

The 2021 Fellows will serve from Feb. 1, 2021 to Feb. 28, 2022.

“We are honored to nominate strong North Carolina students for this opportunity every year,” says John Fear, North Carolina Sea Grant deputy director. “Fellows gain vital professional experience in marine policy that informs their future research and careers.”

North Carolina Sea Grant will nominate up to six students from graduate or professional programs in the state, regardless of citizenship. Students must be enrolled in a North Carolina academic institution at the time of the application deadline: Feb. 21, 2020 at 5 p.m.

As part of the state-level review process, North Carolina Sea Grant will use face-to-face interviews in Raleigh, which will occur in mid-March 2020.

All prospective fellows from North Carolina must submit their applications through the eSeaGrant online portal, which includes detailed instructions:

For more information, contact John Fear at 919-515-9104 or, or visit the National Sea Grant fellowship website, which includes biographies of current Knauss fellows:

Prospective fellows also will find useful information here:

In addition, a quick overview of application instructions is available here:

To learn more about other North Carolina Sea Grant graduate fellowships, visit


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