Learn and Network While Working in D.C.

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.


To be eligible for the 2021 fellowship (which lasts February 1, 2021 through January 31, 2022), A student must be enrolled towards a degree in a graduate program as of the application deadline of February 21, 2020; the student’s graduate degree program must be through an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or U.S. Territories; Students are eligible regardless of nationality; domestic and international students at accredited U.S. institutions may apply; and applicants must have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources.

Details and application requirements from grants.gov are available here and you can find additional details about becoming a Knuass Fellow here.


Oregon Sea Grant uses eSeaGrant for fellowship application submissions. To access eSeaGrant, send an email to eseagrant@oregonstate.edu declaring your interest in applying. Please include the name of the fellowship you wish to apply for in the subject line. An eSeaGrant account will then be created for you. All components of your application, including letters of recommendation, will be submitted through eSeaGrant. Stating your interest does not obligate you to apply. We are here to provide assistance as needed; however, please do not wait until the last minute to apply. Here is a link to the 2019-2020 PowerPoint for the winter fellows and a link to a recording of the 2018 winter fellows webinar.


The next deadline for this fellowship is February 21, 2020.

John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellows

Kathryn McIntosh (2018)

Assignment: Kathryn McIntosh is serving her Knauss fellowship as an executive fellow with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Engineer Research and Development Center.

Education: Kathryn completed her B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Redlands and received her L.L.M. in Global Environment and Climate Change Law from the University of Edinburgh, School of Law. Kathryn graduated from the Lewis & Clark Law School in May 2017 with an Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law Certificate.

Professional and Research Interests: Kathryn’s graduate work and legal background centered on developing practical skills and tools to advocate for the protection of coastal and marine environments. While completing her masters at Edinburgh, her studies touched on international environmental law and the sustainable development of natural resources. Her L.L.M. dissertation examined U.S. regulations on the management and enforcement of Arctic oil and gas development.

These interests continued while Kathryn completed her Juris Doctorate and are reflected in her commitment to understanding environmental law, the federal regulatory process, and sustainable resource use and management. She developed practical environmental litigation experience while working as a law clerk at the Earthrise Law Center and as a volunteer with the Northwest Environmental Defense Center. She also gained experience working on international marine and coastal policy issues as a law clerk with the International Section of NOAA’s Office of General Counsel in Washington, DC. During her final year at law school, her capstone project examined the effectiveness of Florida’s state and local coastal artificial lighting regulations on minimizing the impact to threatened and endangered sea turtles.

Janan Evans-Wilent (2018)

Assignment: Janan Evans-Wilent is a 2018 Knauss Legislative Fellow with the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, serving on the Majority Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard. 

Education: Janan completed her B.A. in Environmental Studies at Connecticut College in 2011 and her M.S. in Marine Resource Management from Oregon State University in 2017.

Professional and Research Interests: Janan is a coastal scientist passionate about developing creative, interdisciplinary strategies for effective and adaptive coastal management. Her graduate research explored how complex coupled natural and human systems dynamically respond to varying coastal adaptation policies and climate change scenarios. Her research worked directly with stakeholders in Tillamook County, OR and Grays Harbor County, WA to co-develop and explore how a variety of coastal adaptation policies, (such as constructing hard protection, rebuilding dunes, nourishing the beach, or relocating homes) change through time under a changing climate. This allowed community-members to visually and quantitatively explore important trade-offs, like protecting private property versus maintaining vital habitats. Janan is particularly interested in bridging science and policy to more strategically communicate about coastal hazards and changing climatic conditions in order to build adaptive capacity and increase resilience in vulnerable communities.

Chante Davis (2018)

Assignment: Chante Davis is serving her Knauss fellowship as an Executive Fellow in the NOAA Fisheries office of sustainable fisheries with the Highly Migratory Species Management team.

Education: Chante completed a B.S. in Earth Systems Science and Policy from California State Universities at Monterey Bay, a M.S. in Marine Science from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories and a PhD in Fisheries and Wildlife from Oregon State University.

Professional and Research Interests: Chante is interested in the ecology and evolution of life history traits and how these factors shape population structure and growth. Her PhD dissertation focused on how migratory fish responded to environmental change, using molecular and ecological tools. However, previous work included understanding the biology of deep sea skates in the eastern North Pacific.

Sabra Marie Tallchief Comet (2018)

Assignment: As a 2018 Executive Knauss Fellow, Sabra will be working in the NOAA NOS US Integrated Ocean Observing System office.  As a Malouf Scholar, Sabra developed baseline data on the past (ancestral) and present (recent, within the current generation) uses within Oregon’s newly established systems of Marine Protected Areas (MPA). She drew upon her past involvement with the California MPA network and several northern California tribes to capture a rich dataset of tribal input for the MPA process, as well as preserve and allow the future utilization of this information by tribal resource users.

Education: Sabra received her B.S. in Biology with an emphasis in Zoology, from Southern Oregon University, and completed her Master’s in Environmental Management at Portland State University in 2017.

Professional and Research Interests: Sabra plans to study and develop professional and scientific expertise in marine resource planning and the mechanisms and institutions that guide interactions between tribal and non-tribal resource managers. She hopes to broaden her understanding of how other entities (public, private, federal, local governments) engage in marine issues, and incorporate the tribal perspective into the larger multi-jurisdictional framework of the MPA system.