Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship
Application deadline: February 15, 2024, 5 pm Alaska Time
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The application period for the 2025 Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship is open through February 15, 2024.
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.
- Review the 2025 Knauss Fellowship Student Guide for complete application instructions.
- Refer to the Student Applicant Guide to Sea Grant Fellowships for tips on how to create a competitive application.
- Visit the Prospective Knauss Fellows page for additional resources, including videos, links to blog posts from current fellows and alumni, and lists of past positions.
- See an overview of the fellowship in the Fact Sheet.
- Detailed funding description and award information can be found in the 2025 Knauss Fellowship Notice of Funding Opportunity.
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