Qualified individuals are invited to submit applications to the Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship national competition. Selected finalists spend one year in Washington, D.C., working in the Legislative or Executive Branch on critical marine policy and resource management issues. The Knauss Fellowship begins February 1, 2020 and provides a stipend totaling up to $71,500.1

Rhode Island Sea Grant nominates up to six students annually 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 as of February 22, 2019.

Applications are due, using eSeaGrant, by 5:00 PM, Friday, February 22, 2019        

Knauss Fellowship applications are developed in the eSeaGrant online system. Contact Alan Desbonnet to establish an account.

Applicants will interview with a Rhode Island Sea Grant selection panel during the week of March 11th, 2019, at a specific day and time to be established.

For the Fellowship Class of 2020, the selection process and subsequent notification of finalists by the National Sea Grant College Program will be completed in June of 2019.

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 2019.

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 Alan Desbonnet at Rhode Island Sea Grant; phone: 401-874-6813 | email: aland@uri.edu.

1 $47,500 stipend/living expenses + $14,000 for travel, moving costs, health benefits, etc. Host office may provide up to

$10,000 for additional office related travel but is not guaranteed.



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