Accepting Applicants for 2019 Knauss Marine Policy 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.

Qualified individuals are invited to submit applications to the Rhode Island Sea Grant College Program by 5:00 p.m. February 23, 2018, using eSeaGrant

Knauss Fellowship applications are developed in the eSeaGrant online system. You must establish an account in eSeaGrant.

Please contact Alan Desbonnet to establish your eSeaGrant account and access application materials.
Applicants will interview with the Rhode Island Sea Grant Director during the week of March 12th, 2018, at a day and time to be established.

Selection criteria for the fellowship include academic excellence, communication skills, diversity and appropriateness of academic background, extracurricular experience, support of the student’s major professor and the Sea Grant director, evidence of the ability to work well with others, and the balance among applicants by discipline and geographic representation.

For the Fellowship Class of 2019, the selection process and subsequent notification of finalists by the National Sea Grant College Program will be completed in June of 2018.

Finalists will be required to participate in “Placement Week,” an orientation program in Washington, D.C., typically held during late November or early December (Sun-Thurs) in 2018.

If you are interested in applying or have additional questions, please contact Alan Desbonnet, Assistant Director, Rhode Island Sea Grant, by phone: 401-874-6813 or email: For more information visit: