Pennsylvania Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship Tips 

Pennsylvania Sea Grant is now accepting applications for the 2023 John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, sponsored by NOAA’s National Sea Grant College Program. The Knauss Fellowship provides a unique educational and professional experience to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those 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, 2023.Application packages are available online and can be downloaded from under opportunity NOAA-OAR-SG-2022-2006631.

Applicants are required to apply through the Sea Grant program in their state, or the state closest to them. All eligible applicants, enrolled at a Pennsylvania institution, who are planning to apply, are strongly encouraged to contact Sean Rafferty, PA Sea Grant Research Director at, or via phone 814.217.9011 Ext. 102to indicate their interest in the fellowship and discuss the application process.

An eligible applicant is any student, regardless of citizenship, who, on February 21, 2022, 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 participated in the fellowship in past years will not be eligible to submit an application. The one-year fellowship will take place in the National Capital region, so applicants must be able to reside in the Washington, D.C. area. Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for obtaining the appropriate visa to allow them to work in the Washington, D.C. area during the fellowship period. Applicants must be able to pass a federal background security check.

Foreign nationals please note: while this fellowship is open to all eligible students regardless of nationality, a significant number of participating Federal host offices are unable to accept foreign nationals as Fellows. This may reduce the number of placement opportunities available to foreign nationals. Prior contact/arrangements made with possible host offices before the start of the placement week will be cause for immediate disqualification from the process.

PA Sea Grant is committed to building inclusive research, extension, communication and education programs that serve people with diverse backgrounds, circumstances, needs, perspectives, and ways of thinking. Diversity includes, but is not limited to, age, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability and/or health status, religion, veteran status, geographic origin and socio-economic status.

Funding Availability
Subject to the availability of funding, Sea Grant anticipates funding not less than 35 selected applicants, of which those assigned to the Legislative branch will be approximately 17. Each award is anticipated to be funded at a total of $84,000.The anticipated start date is February 1, 2022 for the 12-month fellowship. These awards cannot be renewed or deferred.

Knauss Fellowships are contingent upon the availability and timeliness of federal appropriations.

CONTACT  Sean Rafferty, PhD, PA Research Director at 




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