Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

Applications for the 2025 fellowship will open fall 2023, due in February 2024.

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Knauss Fellowship flyer with image of Capitol buildingThe application period for the 2024 Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship closed February 16, 2023. Applications for 2025 will open fall 2023.

The Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship provides a unique educational and professional experience to early career professionals who have an interest in ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. Successful applicants are matched with host offices in the legislative and executive branches of government for one-year paid fellowships from February 1, 2025, to January 31, 2026.

To be eligible, students must be enrolled towards a degree in a graduate program at any point between the start of the 2023 fall term and the application deadline. Applicants are required to apply through a state Sea Grant program. If applicants are successful at the state Sea Grant program level, their applications are then reviewed by a national panel of experts.

All eligible applicants enrolled at an Alaska institution planning to apply should contact Alaska Sea Grant associate director Molly Cain at least one to two months prior to the deadline, to provide notification of the intent to apply and receive application support. Applicants are encouraged to review information about the fellowship provided in the following resources.

Recorded webinar for prospective fellows

In January 2023, Alaska Sea Grant hosted an informational webinar about the Knauss Fellowship and Alaska Sea Grant State Fellowship (Zoom recording, passcode: 2RDWCpT@). View the presentation slides that accompanied the webinar: 2023 Alaska Sea Grant fellowships presentation.

Application and fellowship resources
How to apply

Alaska's fellows

Alaska Sea Grant‘s Knauss Fellows past and present

Knauss alumni with careers in Alaska

Some of the alums from around the nation

Molly Cain (2021) is associate director for research at Alaska Sea Grant

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

Gabe Dunham (2013) is the Marine Advisory Program leader and specialist at Alaska Sea Grant

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

Seanbob Kelly (2008) is a fisheries biologist with NOAA Fisheries, Alaska Region

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

Jenna Malek (2016) is a marine mammal specialist in the Office of Protected Resources, Alaska Region, NOAA Fisheries

Caleb Taylor (2021) is seafood workforce development coordinator at Alaska Sea Grant