John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program

The application period for the 2024 Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship is now open. The fellowship provides a one-year, paid experience for highly qualified early career professionals to work on issues related to coastal, marine and Great Lakes science and policy in offices within the executive or legislative branch of government in Washington, D.C.

Pennsylvania graduate students interested in marine, coastal, and Great Lakes science and policy should talk with Sean Rafferty, PhD., Director of Pennsylvania Sea Grant’s Research program as soon as possible, but no later than January 16, 2023. Deadline for application is February 16, 2023.

To be eligible for the 2024 fellowship (February 1, 2024 through January 31, 2025),

  • Student must be enrolled towards a degree in a graduate program at any point between the onset of the 2022 Fall Term (quarter, trimester, semester, etc.) and February 16, 2023;
  • 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.

2024 Knauss Fellowship Student Guide
Student Applicant Guide to Sea Grant Fellowships

CONTACT Sean Rafferty, PhD, PA Research Director at 



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