Sea Grant’s John A. Knauss fellowship program provides a unique educational and professional experience to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The fellowship is named after one of Sea Grant's founders, former NOAA Administrator John A. Knauss. It matches nationally selected finalists with host offices of the Federal government located in the Washington, D.C. area for a one year nonrenewable, paid fellowship. Fellowships are subject to the availability of federal resources and occur on a February 1 to January 31 cycle.
The class of fellows is split into two cohorts—legislative and executive. Each year, legislative fellows are selected to work in the U.S. House of Representative and U.S. Senate. Fellows can be placed in both personal and committee offices. Executive fellows are placed in Federal agencies with marine policy relevant missions. Executive fellows have served on the Committee on the Marine Transportation System, Department of Energy, Department of Interior, Department of Transportation, Environmental protection Agency, Marine Mammal Commission, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Science Foundation, Oceanographer of the Navy, State Department, Smithsonian Institute, US Army Corps of Engineers, US Coast Guard, and the White House.
Information for hosts, prospective and existing fellows is available through this site. General information about the fellowship, including application process and alumni information, can be found at seagrant.noaa.gov/knauss.