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NOAA Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

The Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship provides a unique educational and professional experience to graduate students

Erin Sams Cooper

Read about Erin Sams Cooper’s experience during her 2012 Knauss Fellowship.

The Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship provides a unique educational and professional experience to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources.

The Fellowship, named after one of Sea Grant’s founders, former NOAA Administrator John A. Knauss, matches highly qualified graduate students with “hosts” in the legislative and executive branch of government located in the Washington, D.C. area, for a one-year paid fellowship. Fellows are involved in both daily operations and special projects assigned based on their areas of interest, get the opportunity to network throughout many branches of government, and often continue to work in the area after graduation.

Stories from and about Knauss Fellows

Here’s a selection of articles about current and former Knauss Fellows to introduce the program up close.

The one-year fellowship provides a stipend and living expenses of $45,000. An additional $9,000 will be used to cover mandatory health insurance costs, moving expenses, academic degree-related and fellowship-related travel; and an additional $2,500 is available for Placement Week costs.

Applicants apply through the Sea Grant program in their state, or the state closest to them. To apply through Ohio Sea Grant, please contact Ohio Sea Grant Research and Grants manager Dr. Kristen Fussell at fussell.10@osu.edu or 614-247-7439 for more information about the application process and to set up a preliminary interview.


Ohio Sea Grant asks that all applications are submitted by January 27, 2017. This allows our staff to assist applicants with any suggested edits before the final submission deadline on February 21, 2017.


The Knauss Legislative Fellowship, from Maryland Sea Grant.