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A Knauss Host Office provides an educational opportunity to a fellow who in turn provides substantial and professional contributions to the office. The hosts provide opportunities for involvement in substantive issues that support the fellows’ professional and educational accomplishments and goals.



Latest resources for hosts, including host requirements, documents and forms.

Past Host Offices and Positions

Unsure what it means to host a fellow? For examples of past Host Offices and the positions they offered for Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program, please review the 2022 Knauss Positions.


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 Executive Host Timeline



September 8, 2022 (3:00-5:00 EST) Prospective host webinar (Register HERE
 *Note this will be recorded*

September 28, 2022

Host Application and (optional) Get To Know You Videos are DUE

October 11, 2022

Deadline to submit presentations and interview availability during Placement Week

October 12-26, 2022

Placement Process

Wednesday/Thursday (12/13):  Host Office presentations

Monday (17): Interviews scheduled and provided to hosts

Tuesday - Friday (18-21): Interviews with finalists

Friday (21): Submit up to five finalists for Call Backs

Monday (24): Call backs

Tuesday (25): Host Office ranking of finalists due to Sea Grant Fellowship Manager before 6:30 AM on October 25 ( and Matching Process

Wednesday (26): Notification

Friday (28): Return Ratification

February 1, 2023

Fellowship begins

March 2023

Professional Development Plans due to Program Manager

Summer 2023

Mid-year reviews between Host Mentor and Fellow to discuss progress

January 31, 2024

Fellowship Ends




 Legislative Host Timeline



December TBD, 2022 Prospective Host Webinar (register HERE). *Note this will be recorded.

January 4, 2023

Host Application and (optional) Get To Know You Videos are DUE

January 6, 2023

Deadline to submit interview availability during Placement Week

January 11-20, 2023

Placement Week

Wednesday (11):  Host Office presentations

Thursday (12): Interview Schedules returned to hosts 

Tuesday - Thursday (17-19): Interviews with finalists

Thursday (19): "Office Hours"

Friday (20) (morning): Call Backs

January 20, 2023

Host Office ranking of finalists due to Sea Grant Fellowship Manager
before 12:30 PM EST

Matching process

Hosts are notified of placements

February 1, 2023

Fellowship begins

March 2023

Professional Development Plans due to Program Manager

Summer 2023

Mid-year reviews between Host Mentor and Fellow to discuss progress

January 31, 2024

Fellowship Ends



How does a Host apply to the Knauss Fellowship Program?

All hosts are required to fill out the new Host Request Application Form (available here).  If you need to update anything in the form after submission, please contact or call 240-507-3712.

When is the deadline to apply as a host and submit a position description?

Host request forms are due by September 28, 2022 (Exec) or January 4, 2023 (Leg)

Do all Hosts that apply get a Knauss Fellow?

Unfortunately, Hosts are not guaranteed to have a Knauss Fellow. Read about the placement process in the following questions.

When is Placement Week?

  • The placement process is scheduled for October 12-26, 2022 (Exec) or January 11-20, 2023 (Leg). Host offices are required to participate in presentations and interviews scheduled throughout the full process.


  • Hosts begin the process by presenting a short overview of their office and the fellowship position to the Finalists (Finalists become Fellows once they have been matched with a Host Office).


  • Finalists then select Host Offices with whom they will interview. Interview sign-up sheets will be emailed to the Host Offices and interviews will ensue through Friday, October 21, 2022 (Exec) or Thursday, January 19, 2023 (Leg).


How does a Host submit their interview availability for Placement Week?

Hosts need to submit their availability for 30-minute interviews with Knauss finalists throughout Placement Week. Hosts should submit availability by October 11, 2022 (Exec) or January 6, 2023 (Leg). If you need to update your availability you must notify

When and where are Host presentations during Placement Week?

Presentations are limited to a maximum of 7 minutes (suggested 6 min plus 1 min for questions). The National Sea Grant Office will provide a template for presentations. All presentations will either be recorded ahead of time or presented virtually.

Executive Hosts:

Wednesday/Thursday, October 12/13, 2022. Presentations will be given virtually via GoToWebinar.

Legislative Hosts: 

Wednesday, January 11, 2023.

When will Hosts know how many Finalists signed up to interview?

Hosts will receive their interview schedule with finalist names via email. The host office will be expected to schedule their interviews using their preferred virtual communication platform.

Executive Hosts:

Monday, October 17, 2022

Legislative Hosts

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Where and when are interviews held during Placement Week?

Interviews take place virtually. Each host office will be able to use the platform of their choice. We prefer that all interviews are conducted with both audio and video.

Please see above timelines for scheduled dates. Times to be announced.

How does a host submit their ranking forms to the Sea Grant office?

Once interviews have been completed, each Host Office must put into rank order (one Finalist per rank) each of the Finalists interviewed by the Host office.  All Host Offices must email these rankings to by Tuesday, October 25, 2022 (Exec) by 6:30 am or Friday, January 20, 2023 (Leg) by 12:30 pm.  Failure to email these rankings to the National Sea Grant Office will disqualify a Host Office from consideration to host a fellow. We encourage hosts to rank everyone they interviewed.

How are Hosts and Finalists matched? How does placement work?

Hosts will fill out a ranking sheet (Excel) of Finalists they have interviewed and submit to the Knauss Program Manager. Placement decisions for both the executive and legislative classes are ultimately made by a matching algorithm. The algorithm is for two-sided matching markets - so it takes into account both the preference of the hosts and the fellows and produces ‘stable’ matches. This algorithm is most famously used in the National Resident Matching Program - used to match medical residents with hospitals (aka many-to-one" matching).

When and where are Placement Week Evening Activities?

Due to the current global pandemic (COVID-19) Evening Activities have been suspended for the 2023 placement process.

When and how will a Host know if it is successful in getting a Fellow?

Each office that is successful will be notified directly via a phone call or in-person from the Fellow on the afternoon of placement notification (see timeline). The Knauss Program Manager will notify each office that is not successful on the afternoon of the respective days.

How is the fellowship agreement finalized?

Fellows will be provided with a ratification document, which hosts and fellows will sign. The document commits both the Host and the Fellow to the fellowship program. It is signed by a Host Office representative, the Fellow, and the Knauss Program Manager.

Executive Hosts: Guidance on funds transfer to Sea Grant to support the Fellow will also be provided as part of the Ratification Document.

If a Host is successful in getting a Fellow, when does the fellowship begin?

The fellowship dates are February 1 through January 31. The start and end dates are flexible so as to accommodate the host's and fellow’s schedules. Please consult the program manager ( if you have questions regarding start and end dates.

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