Knauss Fellowship

Fellows spend a year in Washington, D.C. to learn about policies that impact coastal resources.


Important Information

Visit the National Sea Grant Knauss website, which provides information on program rules, housing, former and current fellows and information to strengthen your application.

The John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program offers a unique educational experience to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources, and in national policies that affect those resources. Successful applicants are matched with hosts in the legislative and executive branches of the U.S. government for a one-year paid fellowship in the Washington D.C. area. The program is sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s (NOAA) National Sea Grant College Program.


To be eligible for the 2025 fellowship,

  • A student must be enrolled towards a degree in a graduate program at any point between the onset of the 2023 Fall Term (quarter, trimester, semester, etc.) and February 15, 2024;
  • The student’s graduate degree program must be through an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or U.S. Territories;
  • Students are eligible regardless of nationality; domestic and international students at accredited U.S. institutions may apply; and
  • Applicants must have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources.

The deadline to submit all application materials for the 2025 program is Feb. 15, 2024 at 5:00 p.m.

A full list of application materials and additional information on eligibility can be found on the National Sea Grant website. The length of assignment is one-year (non-renewable). The dates of the official fellowship are February 1, 2025 – January 31, 2026.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted to Georgia Sea Grant by 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 15, 2024, via its online submission system, eSeaGrant, that can be accessed by copying and pasting the following link into your web browser http://eseagrant.uga.edu/index.php

Instructions for applying using eSeaGrant are available here.

Potential applicants are also encouraged to contact Mona Behl, associate director of Georgia Sea Grant, at 706-542-6621 or mbehl@uga.edu to discuss application content and submission.

More Information About the Knauss Fellowship

The Knauss Fellowship program is funded through a cooperative agreement between Georgia Sea Grant and the National Sea Grant College Program (NOAA). If you have any questions regarding the fellowship, please contact Georgia Sea Grant’s associate director, Mona Behl at mbehl@uga.edu.

Visit the National Sea Grant Knauss website, which provides information on program rules, housing, former and current fellows, and information to strengthen your application.

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