This fellowship program was established by Congress in 1979 and is named in honor of one of Sea Grant’s founders, former NOAA Administrator John A. Knauss. The Fellowship offers a unique educational experience to graduate and professional students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources.

The program matches the students with hosts in the legislative or executive branch of the federal government for a one-year paid fellowship in the Washington, D.C., area.

Any student, regardless of citizenship, who is enrolled towards a degree in a graduate or professional program (in an accredited U.S. institution), is eligible to apply for this fellowship. Students from a broad range of environmental programs are encouraged to apply.

Applications are due to Georgia Sea Grant in February for the fellowships beginning in February of the following year. The final decision is made by a national review panel convened by the National Sea Grant Office. While the number of fellowships offered varies with the availability of positions, Georgia Sea Grant has had at least one accepted almost every year.

Important Information

  • Student applications are due to Georgia Sea Grant: February 12, 2016
  • Contact Mona Behl ( for application process or other questions.
  • Additional information about the Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship can be found here.