Special feature!: Knauss alumni share how the fellowship helped their careers — and describe memories of the experience.
The application period for the 2021 fellowship is open!
The Knauss Fellowship, established in 1979, provides a unique educational experience to students interested 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 U.S. Congress or executive branch of government located in the Washington, D.C., area, for a one-year paid fellowship. Fellowships run from February 1 to January 31, with the application due to Maryland Sea Grant approximately one year before the fellowship begins.
Any student, regardless of citizenship, is eligible if enrolled towards a degree in an accredited graduate program in the state of Maryland on the date the applications are due to Maryland Sea Grant. Students from a broad range of environmental programs are encouraged to apply.
Award Amounts and Schedule
The award for each fellowship will be in the form of a cooperative agreement covering stipend and living expenses, mandatory health insurance and moving expenses, placement week costs, academic degree-related activities, and fellowship-related activities. The total fellowship award amount varies depending on the fellowship year. Total support for each Class of 2021 fellow will be $59,000 with optional host office travel up to an additional $15,000.
Find specifics about award amounts and a calendar of key dates for your class:
Applications are due to the Maryland Sea Grant office in February the year before the fellowship commences. View our application information page for detailed deadlines and guidance. Applicants are asked to interview with Maryland Sea Grant during December or January before the deadline.
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Information for Finalists and Current Fellows
Current and prospective fellows can find important details about the Knauss Fellowship in this comprehensive overview. Learn about finding a host, pay, expense reimbursements, and more.
Where Are They Now?
Four alumni of the Knauss fellowship program who were sponsored by Maryland Sea Grant describe how the experience helped their careers in this Q&A.
Maryland Sea Grant Contact
Dr. Michael Allen, Associate Director for Research and Administration
Maryland Sea Grant College
More Information About the Knauss Fellowship
- The Knauss Fellowship program is funded through a cooperative agreement between Maryland Sea Grant and the National Sea Grant College Program (NOAA). The funding announcement and full description of the program can be found at www.grants.gov or through this pdf.
- Visit the National Sea Grant Knauss website, which provides information on program rules, housing, former and current fellows, and information to strengthen your application.
- Read an article and fact sheet about John A. Knauss, for whom the fellowship was named. Dr. Knauss was founding dean of the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island and was instrumental in the development of the National Sea Grant College Program.