The finalist manual includes essential information. Topics include the placement process, the steps to take after placement week, house-hunting, commuting, health insurance, and more.
Knauss Finalist Manual
The DC for Beginners manual includes detailed, though not exhaustive, information about housing, commuting, things to do in the DC-area, shopping, restaurants, gyms, pet care, and more.
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Placement Week: Executive Fellows
10/20/2019 to 10/25/2019
Placement Week: Legislative Fellows
11/18/2019 to 11/22/2019
02/01/2020 to 01/31/2021
To learn more about the types of placements available through the fellowship program please review the list of potential 2019 executive and legislative Knauss positions.
Please note, For most executive branch offices, selected fellows must pass a federal background check to gain security clearance. This includes answering questions about your previous citizenship, residence, education, employment, character references, selective service, military service, and illegal drug use. Please follow this link to an example of the form you will have to fill out.
The fellowship is one year (non-renewable). The dates of the official fellowship are February 1, 2020 - January 31, 2021.
Placement week is the week during which you will be placed with a host. During placement week, there will be a kick-off event, host presentations, interview scheduling, interviews, networking events with potential hosts, and will close with placement of fellows in their positions. See the 2019 schedule from last year as an example.
Visit finalist resources and the finalist's guide to placement week for more details, including a detailed F.A.Q., about placement week.
Your stiped is $47,500. You may have noticed that the entire fellowship award listed in the federal funding opportunity (FFO) is for $71,500. This is because there are other aspects to the award, including some funds for professional development. You will learn more about this breakdown in an introductory webinar.
NOAA and Sea Grant are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2020 Knauss Fellowship Program. These 67 finalists will travel to Washington, D.C. in the fall of 2019 for placement week and then begin a year-long placement in executive and legislative offices in 2020.
Read the Announcement
Download the list of 2020 Knauss finalists (PDF)
2020 Knauss Executive Placements (PDF)
2020 Knauss Legislative Placements (PDF)
The 2019 John A. Knauss Marine Policy fellows are currently placed in Executive and Legislative branches of government for their fellowship year. In February 2019, they began a busy and challenging fellowship year that, for many, is a life changing experience. Meet the 2019 fellows below:
Download the list of 2019 Knauss Fellows (PDF)
2019 Executive Fellow Placements (PDF)
2019 Legislative Fellow Placements (PDF)
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