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The John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship provides a unique educational experience to graduate students who have an interest in ocean or coastal 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 federal government in the Washington, D.C. area, for a one-year paid fellowship. The amount of this award, contingent on federal funding, is up to $84,000. The award is provided to each fellow for stipend, living expense and travel. Additional information is at the National Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship page.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to reach out to the Florida Sea Grant Director, Sherry Larkin, one to two months prior to the state application deadline to receive application support and provide notification of an intent to apply.

For an overview of this fellowship opportunity, join the webinar “John A Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program 101” on November 10. Registration is limited, sign up today!

Explore some of our Knauss fellows’ experiences:
Amelia Roskar, 2020 Knauss Fellowship

Alexandra Skrivanek, 2020 Knauss Fellowship

Bianca Prohaska, 2019 Knauss Fellowship

Application Requirements

  1. Application packages must include all elements required by the National Sea Grant Office.
  2. Application packages should be submitted through the Florida Sea Grant webpage.
  3. All applicants will interview with the Florida Sea Grant Director sometime in December 2020/January 2021 for guidance regarding the development of their application package.

Important Dates

Open for ApplicationOctober 26, 2020
Close Application at Florida Sea Grant (FSG)February 19, 2021
Interviews with FSG DirectorDecember 2020 - January 2021
Selection of Students for National CompetitionFebruary, 2021
Application Packets from Selected Students are Submitted to the National Sea Grant OfficeApril 2, 2021
All Applicants are Notified About Results from the State CompetitionMarch-April, 2021
FSG Office is Notified About Finalists from the National CompetitionJune, 2021
Finalists are Notified About National Competition’s ResultsJune-July, 2021

Application Procedure

  1. All required elements by the National Sea Grant Office should be submitted at the link provided in the submission section below. No application materials will be received through email.
  2. Letter writers should sign and upload their letters at the link provided in the submission section below. All letters must be submitted directly from the letter writers through the link provided below.


  • Deadline: All application packages must be submitted by February 19, 2021, @ 5 PM.

Submit Your Application Here

All items must be submitted through the links below:
Student Application
Letter Writers

Knauss Fellowship Advisory Council

The Knauss Fellowship Advisory Council is comprised of graduates from Florida universities who held Knauss Fellowships during the last two years. They have volunteered to provide guidance to Knauss applicants on an as-need basis. We appreciate their willingness to help the candidates.

Emma Hollowell
Kathryn Lohr
Bianca Prohaska
Daniel Wolfe
Brendan Talwar
Adrian Mahoney