Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

Applications for the 2023 fellowship are due to Alaska Sea Grant by 5 pm, February 18, 2022.

The Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program annually provides 30–50 students with a year of experience working on marine issues in a Congressional staff office or in a federal agency.

Applications are encouraged from students enrolled in graduate or professional programs who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources.

Through the Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship Program, more than 1,200 students have shared their expertise with policymakers in Washington, D.C., seen firsthand how science is used to inform policy, and participated in the policymaking process.

See profiles of Knauss Fellows


Any student, regardless of citizenship, is eligible to submit to this opportunity if:

  1. The student is enrolled towards a degree in a graduate program at any point between the onset of the 2021 Fall Term (quarter, trimester, semester, etc.) and February 2022;
  2. The graduate degree will be awarded through an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or U.S. Territories, and;
  3. The student has an interest in ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources.

For additional information

Contact Ginny Eckert.

How to Apply

Knauss stories

“Halibut on the Hill” blog — Alaska Knauss Fellow Thomas Farrugia (2015)

Knauss 2013 Fellows blog

Seanbob's Weblog — Alaska Knauss Fellow Seanbob Kelly (2008)

Podcasts about the Knauss Fellowship — University of Wisconsin Sea Grant

Knauss Fellowship blogs — Michigan Sea Grant

Texas Knauss Fellows Blog

Knauss Fellows in Alaska

Some of the alums of the national program, working in Alaska

Jenna Malek (2016) is a Marine Mammal Specialist in the Office of Protected Resources, Alaska Region, NOAA Fisheries

Thomas Farrugia (2015) is the Alaska Harmful Algal Bloom coordinator at the Alaska Ocean Observing System

Maggie Chan (2018) is a fishery management specialist with NOAA Fisheries, Alaska Region

Gabe Dunham (2013) is a Marine Advisory Program agent at Alaska Sea Grant

Olivia Lee (2011) is a research assistant professor at the International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Alaska Sea Grant‘s Knauss Fellows