You apply for a Knauss Fellowship through the Sea Grant program in your state. Find your program below. If your state does not have a Sea Grant program, contact the National Sea Grant Office by e-mail or phone (240-507-3712).
Read blog posts written by current Knauss Fellows. They write about topics ranging from their science to the fellowship application process or their current position. Beyond the blog, visit the Knauss alumni page to hear from alumni.
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Application period opens Fall 2021
The opportunity to be a 2022 fellow is now closed. Check back Fall 2021 for information on 2023 fellowships.
Applications due to your state's Sea Grant program
To be announced
Selected applicants are notified
Notice of Federal Funding Opportunity and specific guidance to come this Fall.
Information below for applicants in Fall 2020 (Fellowship class of 2022)
The fellowship is one year (non-renewable). The dates of the official fellowship are February 1, 2022 - January 31, 2023.
See "How does the application process work?" or watch this recorded webinar for detailed information
You can read detailed information about the application materials and evaluation criteria here. In short, you will need to include:
The application process requires several steps and differs from many other fellowship opportunities. You apply first to the Sea Grant program in your state, NOT on grants.gov. You will then interview with them, and the state Sea Grant program can select up to six applicants to submit to the National Sea Grant Office. Recipients will be selected by a panel at the national level.
If you have questions about the process, contact your state's Sea Grant program or email the National Office. You can also watch this recorded webinar for more information.
To learn more about the types of placements available through the fellowship program please review the list of potential 2021 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.
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