National Sea Grant Fellowship

The application period for the National Sea Grant College Program’s Knauss Fellowship is now open!

The UW Sea Grant Institute is accepting applications from graduate students statewide for the National Sea Grant College Program’s 2021 John A. Knauss Marine (and Great Lakes) Policy Fellowship Program.

The program, established in 1979, provides a unique educational experience to applicants who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The program matches highly qualified graduate students with “hosts” in the legislative and executive branch of government located in the Washington, D.C. area, for a one year paid internship.

Placement opportunities are numerous and very diverse and have typically included offices within Congress, the Executive Office of the President, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Departments of State, Treasury, Transportation, and Energy, in addition to others.

Applicants from a variety of backgrounds including natural and social sciences, law, engineering, and communications can be competitive for this fellowship.

Complete information on the fellowship – including eligibility (must be enrolled in a graduate program as of the application close date), application instructions, examples of past fellow placements, stipend and benefits, and more – are available here. Fellowships begin February 1, 2021.

Applications are due to the Wisconsin Sea Grant program by February 21, 2020. Applications should be sent to Jennifer Hauxwell, Room 272, Goodnight Hall, 1975 Willow Drive, Madison, Wisconsin 53706-1177 or emailed to It is strongly recommended that applicants set up a meeting with the Wisconsin Sea Grant director James Hurley (via one to two months in advance of the application deadline.

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Best regards,

University of Wisconsin Sea Grant College Program