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
TBD Fall 2020
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 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 announced the finalists for the 2020 Knauss Fellowship Program in summer of 2019. These 67 fellows traveled to Washington, D.C. in the fall of 2019 for placement week and are now completing their fellowships in year-long placements in executive and legislative offices through January 2021.
Read the Announcement
Download the list of 2020 Knauss finalists (PDF)
2020 Knauss Executive Placements (PDF)
2020 Knauss Legislative Placements (PDF)
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