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New! Interested in learning more about applying for the Knauss Fellowship? Check out the slides of this informational presentation:2017-2018_knauss_fellowship_presentation_slides.pdf (1.67 MB)

Applications due: February 12, 2016. Closed. Next Deadline: Winter 2017

Purpose of the Fellowship: The Knauss Fellowship Program provides a unique educational experience to students enrolled in graduate programs in fields related to marine or Great Lakes studies. The program matches highly qualified graduate students with hosts in the legislative branch, the executive branch, or appropriate associations and institutions located in the Washington, D.C. area. Recipients spend one year working on substantive national policy issues related to marine issues; a stipend is provided.

Eligibility:  The Fellowship is open to any student who, as of the application deadline, is in a graduate or professional program in a marine or aquatic-related field at an institution of higher education in the United States.

Additional details and application requirements are available from the National Sea Grant Website.

Where to apply: Oregon applicants should submit applications by the fellowship deadline to:

Mary Pleasant
Oregon Sea Grant
Oregon State University
1600 SW Western Boulevard, Suite 350
Corvallis, Oregon 97333
Fax: 541-737-7958

Learn more:

Marine science and policy professionals talk about how their Knauss Fellowship years changed their lives and shaped their careers, in this video from Alaska Sea Grant:


Read what Knauss Alumni had to say about their fellowship experience:

“The Knauss Fellowship has provided me with clarity on the trajectory of my career, and confidence in my decision to continue to pursue a career at the boundary of science and policy.”

-- Sarah Close, 2014 Executive Fellow (NOAA’s Climate Program Office)

“My portfolio includes environmental issues, infrastructure, fisheries, ocean issues, and energy issues.  Working on such a broad portfolio has allowed me to have expansive experience working in many aspects of policy, which will transfer well when I begin applying for jobs after the fellowship.”

-- Jennifer Dresler, 2014 Legislative Fellow (US Senator Roger Wicker)

“Outside of my role at NOAA Fisheries, there were many other opportunities I was able to take part in or attend. (Note to future fellows: attend as many events as possible!) I am still amazed at the array of events in DC that are open to the public, if you just have (or make) the time.”

-- Jenny Thompson, 2013 Executive Fellow (NOAA’s Office of Policy)