Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

The deadline for the 2021 Knauss Fellowship is .

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.

The Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship Program has allowed more than 650 students to share their expertise with policymakers in Washington, D.C., to see firsthand how science is used in the policy arena, and to participate in policy making.

See profiles of Knauss Fellows


This fellowship is available to any student, regardless of citizenship, who, in February of the application year, is enrolled toward a degree in a graduate program and who has an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The graduate degree must be awarded through a US-accredited institution of higher education in the United States or US Territories.

This one-year fellowship begins February 2021. The overall award will be $59,000. Of this amount, $47,500 is provided to each Fellow for salary/stipend. See the information for prospective fellows at National Sea Grant for more details on stipend and expenses.

Other allowable expenses include:

  • fringe benefits
  • travel expenses for placement week
  • health insurance
  • academic- and fellowship-related travel expenses

During the fellowship, the host may provide up to $15,000 in supplemental funds for work-related travel by the Fellow. Indirect costs are not allowable from any of the federal funds.

Applicants should seek competent advice on income tax status of the stipend for their situation.

For additional information

Contact Ginny Eckert, 907-796-540

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 Co-Management Fellow at the Marine Mammal Commission

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

Ellen Parry Tyler (2012) was recently a program manager at the Alaska Ocean Observing System

Olivia Lee (2011) is a postdoctoral fellow at the Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Anne Marie LeBlanc (2010) is a fishery management specialist with the National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Region

Alaska Sea Grant‘s Knauss Fellows