Virginia Voluntary Submission Date

November 28, 2017, 5:00 p.m. EST

Final Application Deadline

February 23, 2018, 5:00 p.m. EST

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Contact Person

Sam Lake
Fellowship & Research Program Coordinator

Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

Fellowship Description

Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) is now accepting applications for the 2019 John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, sponsored by NOAA’s National Sea Grant College Program (NSGCP). The Knauss Fellowship provides a unique educational experience in the policies and processes of the federal government to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting these resources. Fellows are matched with hosts in the legislative and executive branches of government located in the Washington, D.C. area. The fellowship period is one year and anticipated to begin on February 1, 2019.

Applicants are required to apply through the Sea Grant program in their state, or the state closest to them. VASG requests that all applications are submitted by the Virginia Voluntary Submission Date. This allows our staff time to assist applicants and schedule interviews before the NSGCP deadline. All applications received by the deadline on February 23, 2018 will be fully considered.

While the Federal FY2018 budget process has delayed the release of the 2019 Knauss Fellowship Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO), based upon nearly 40 years of Knauss announcements we anticipate the following:


An eligible applicant is any student, regardless of citizenship, who, on February 21, 2018, is enrolled towards a degree in a graduate program, that has an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The graduate degree must be awarded through an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or U.S. Territories.

This is a one-time fellowship opportunity. Applicants that have been selected and notified as a finalist in past years are not eligible to submit an application. The fellowship will take place in the National Capital region, so applicants must be able to reside in the Washington, DC area. Non-US citizens are responsible for obtaining the appropriate visa to allow them to work in the United States during the fellowship period.

Funding Availability

Depending on FY 2019 Congressional appropriations, the quality of applications, and potential host office participation, Sea Grant anticipates funding not less than 35 selected applicants, of which those assigned to the Legislative branch will be approximately 12. Each award will be funded at a total of $61,500 in federal funding, with the option to add additional funds without further competition for fellowship-related travel. Awards are for thirteen months (2/1/2019-2/28/2020) and cannot be renewed.

Tentative Timeline for Fellowship Competition

  • VASG announcement released: September 2017
  • Virginia Voluntary Submission Date: November 28, 2017, 5:00 p.m. EST
  • Application Deadline to Virginia Sea Grant: February 23, 2018, 5:00 p.m. EST
  • Applicants interview with VASG: December to March 2018
  • VASG assembles and submits applications to the NSGCP: February/March 2018
  • National competition: May/June 2018
  • Anticipated notification of finalists: June 2018
  • Placement Week: October/November 2018
  • Fellowship begins: February 1, 2019
Knauss Fellowships are contingent upon the availability and timeliness of federal appropriations.

How to Apply

For full details on the application requirements, evaluation criteria, and review and selection process, please download the VASG Fellowship Announcement and the 2019 Knauss Fellowship FFO. For additional information on the how to submit your application to VASG, please refer to the eSeaGrant Instructions, available on this page.

Intent to Apply

All eligible applicants, enrolled at a Virginia or District of Columbia institution, who are planning to apply, are strongly encouraged to contact VASG’s Fellowship and Research Program Coordinator, Sam Lake to indicate their interest in the fellowship, discuss the application process and VASG’s Tips for Knauss Applications, and to schedule their interview with VASG.

Application Submission & eSeaGrant

Applications must be submitted online via eSeaGrant . If you plan to apply, we recommend registering for eSeaGrant at least two weeks in advance of the deadline. VASG cannot accept late applications as outlined in the FFO, please allow ample time to submit your application.

Recommendation Letters

To maintain confidentiality, VASG requires that letters are NOT be submitted with the student’s application; instead, letters should be requested and uploaded through eSeaGrant. Letters must be submitted by the deadline and should be address to Dr. Troy Hartley, Director, Virginia Sea Grant.

Select Knauss Fellow Stories

Click the links below to read about the experiences Knauss fellows have enjoyed:


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