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.
DC for Beginners
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(Virtual) Placement Week: Executive Fellows
10/14/2020 to 10/28/2020
(Virtual) Placement Week: Legislative Fellows
01/25/2021 to 01/29/2021
02/01/2021 to 01/31/2022
To learn more about the types of placements available through the fellowship program please review the list of potential 2020 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, 2021 - January 31, 2022.
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, and networking events with potential hosts, and the week will close with the placement of fellows in their positions. See the 2020 schedule from last year as an example of the week's activities. Please note that for health and safety reasons, the format of placement week for 2021 finalists will differ from past years.
Visit finalist resources and the finalist's guide to placement week for more details, including a detailed F.A.Q., about placement week.
Your stipend is $47,500. You may have noticed that the entire fellowship award listed in the federal funding opportunity (FFO) is for $75,000. 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 fellows for the 2021 Knauss Fellowship Program. These 71 fellows will be placed in federal government offices in Washington, D.C. for one-year fellowships beginning February 2021.
Read the announcement
Download the list of 2021 Knauss finalists (PDF)
Download the placements for 2021 Knauss executive fellows (PDF)
Download the placements for 2021 Knauss legislative fellows (PDF)
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