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Knauss Graduate Policy Fellowships

Knauss Graduate Policy Fellowships

The deadline for 2024 Fellowship applications was February 16, 2023.

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Ashley Booth
2023 Knauss Fellow


The Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship provides a unique year-long experience in the legislative or executive branch of the federal government in Washington, D.C. During that year, recipients work on substantive national policy issues related to aquatic resources. Fellowships begin February 1 and run for one calendar year.

What is the Knauss Fellowship? (YouTube video)

Knauss 101 Webinar (YouTube video)
An overview of the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship for prospective applicants.

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Nicole Hammond
2023 Knauss Fellow


Any student, regardless of citizenship, is eligible to submit to this opportunity if:

    1. The student is enrolled towards a degree in a graduate program at any point between the onset of the 2022 Fall Term (quarter, trimester, semester, etc.) and February 16, 2023;
    2. The graduate degree will be awarded through an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or U.S. Territories, and;
    3. The student has an interest in ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources.

How to Apply

Announcements of the program are distributed in the Fall with applications due to the State Programs in February. Appointments begin February 1 of the following year. The deadline for 2024 Fellowship application is 5:00 pm CST on February 16, 2023. Required application items are listed below:

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Juita Martinez
2023 Knauss Fellow

    1. Two signed letters of recommendation, including at least one faculty member with knowledge of the applicant’s academic and research (when applicable) performance.
    2. A personal education and career development response (not to exceed 1,500 words)
    3. Personal and academic curriculum vitae (not to exceed two pages)
    4. Clear digital or scanned copies of all undergraduate and graduate student transcripts (unofficial are acceptable).
    5. Relevant coursework and future year plans (not to exceed one page). Included should be a listing of classes and/or plans for spring 2023, summer 2023 and fall 2023.
    6. To apply, you will need to create an account on laseagrantdb.org and submit all five requirements.  If you have any questions regarding submission, please contact Katie Lea.
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Sarah Morgan
2023 Knauss Fellow

Details about the Fellowship and application process can be found in the 2023 Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Student Guide.



Evaluation criteria for Knauss Fellowship applications and weighting of the criteria are as follows:

  • 75 percent – Relevant experience related to diversity of education; extra-curricular activities; and interpersonal, written and oral communication skills and other applicable competencies. (see 2023 Student Guide for details on sub-section weighting).
  • 15 percent – Recommendations and/or endorsements of the student.
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    Zachary Topor
    2023 Knauss Fellow

    10 percent – Overall application cohesion.

Program Contact

For detailed application information, visit the NOAA Knauss Fellowship website or contact Matt Bethel.

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