Qualified individuals are invited to submit applications to the Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship national competition. Selected finalists spend one year in the Washington, D.C., area working in a Legislative or Executive office on critical marine policy and resource management issues. This 12-month long Knauss Fellowship begins February 1, 2022, and provides a total funding amount of up to $84,000.* 

Rhode Island Sea Grant may forward the nomination of up to six students for this prestigious fellowship to the National Sea Grant College Program, which convenes a final selection panel to review all applications submitted nationally. 

Applicants must be enrolled in a U.S. accredited graduate or professional degree program in a marine or aquatic-related field in the U.S. or its territories at any point between the onset of the 2020 Fall Term and February 19, 2021. Knauss Fellowship applications are developed in the eSeaGrant online system. Contact Teresa Crean to establish an account and begin your fellowship application. 

Applicants will interview with a Rhode Island Sea Grant selection panel during the week of March 1-5, 2021, at a specific day and time to be established after the application deadline. For the Fellowship Class of 2022, the selection process and subsequent notification of finalists by the National Sea Grant College Program will be completed in June of 2021. 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 2021. 

For detailed information about the Knauss fellowship, specifics about the application process, applicant eligibility, and applicant evaluation criteria, visit: https://seagrant.noaa.gov/Knauss. If you are interested in applying or have additional questions, contact Teresa Crean at Rhode Island Sea Grant; phone: 401-874-6626 | email: tcrean@uri.edu. 


Applications are due, using eSeaGrant, by 5:00 PM, Friday, February 19, 2021 


* $61,500 salary/stipend + $5,000 for allowable expenses including moving costs, travel, conference fees, trainings/workshops, and $2,500 set aside for use at Placement Week, if applicable. Host office may provide up to $15,000 for additional office-related travel and training but this is not guaranteed.

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