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John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

Applications for the 2021 Knauss Fellowship Program are due by February 21, 2020.

Fellowship Description

The John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship is sponsored by NOAA’s National Sea Grant College Program. The Knauss Fellowship provides a unique educational experience in the policies and processes of the federal government to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting these resources. Fellows are matched with hosts in the legislative and executive branches of government located in the Washington, D.C. area. The fellowship period is one year and anticipated to begin on February 1, 2021.

Applicants are required to apply through the Sea Grant program in their state, or the state closest to them. All eligible applicants enrolled at a Delaware institution who are planning to apply are strongly encouraged to contact Delaware Sea Grant Director Kathryn Coyne ( to indicate their interest in the fellowship, discuss the application process, and to schedule their interview with Delaware Sea Grant. More information is available from the National Sea Grant College Program at but applications must be submitted through the local Sea Grant program.


An eligible applicant is any student, regardless of citizenship, who is enrolled towards a degree in a graduate program and 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 an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or U.S. Territories.

This is a one-time fellowship opportunity. Applicants that have been selected and notified as a finalist in past years are not eligible to submit an application. The fellowship will take place in the National Capital region, so applicants must be able to reside in the Washington, DC area. Non-US citizens are responsible for obtaining the appropriate visa to allow them to work in the United States during the fellowship period.