Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship
If you are a graduate student with an interest in shaping national marine policy, here's your opportunity to add rocket fuel to your career.
Alaska's 2015 Knauss Fellow, Thomas Farrugia, is currently writing about his experience in Washington in his blog "Halibut on the Hill."
The deadline to apply to Alaska Sea Grant for the 2016 fellowship was February 13, 2015.
- Apply for the Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship
- View current Knauss fellowship positions
- National Sea Grant's Knauss fellowship information
This clip is also available on YouTube.
The Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program provides 30 to 50 students per year with a full year of experience working on marine issues in a Congressional staff office or in a federal agency such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Science Foundation, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Applications are encouraged from students enrolled in graduate or professional programs who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources.
Since the Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship Program was initiated in 1979, it has allowed more than 650 students to share their expertise with policy makers in Washington, D.C., to see firsthand how science is used in the policy arena, and to participate in policy making.
Alaska students must apply through the Alaska Sea Grant office, which may forward up to five applications for consideration by the National Sea Grant program. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Alaska Sea Grant as early as possible.
Where Are Alaska's Knauss Fellows Now?
As of 2012…
- Maryann Bozza (2009) is a program manager with the Hatfield Marine Science Center at Oregon State University
- Celeste Leroux (2009) is a private contractor working for NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration in Washington, D.C.
- Erin Steiner Malick (2009) is an economist with the National Marine Fisheries Service in Seattle, Washington
- Seanbob Kelly (2008) is a fishery management specialist with NOAA Fisheries in Juneau
- Erika Feller (1995) is senior advisor for North America Conservation at the Nature Conservancy in Virginia. She recently completed a two-year assignment working on ecosystem restoration issues as a member of the White House Council on Environmental Quality
- William Robie (1992) is the executive assistant of the Hardware Lumber Manufacturers Assoc. of Pennsylvania
- Carl Rebstock (1992) is a colonel in the US Army and executive director of Passionfish.org, a public education program devoted to seafood health and sustainability
- Jill Brady (1991) is an economist with the Pennsylvania Chemical Industry Council
- Shannon Evans (1991) is an attorney in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Other Knauss Fellows in Alaska
As of 2014…
- Gabe Dunham (2013) is a Marine Advisory Program agent at Alaska Sea Grant
- Ellen Parry Tyler (2012) was recently a program manager at Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS)
- Olivia Lee (2011) is a postdoctoral fellow at the Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks
- Sarah Melton (2009) is an in-house legal counsel with Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union
- Aleria Jensen (2002) is a marine mammal specialist with the Protected Resources Division, NOAA Fisheries Alaska Region
- Glenn Merrill (1996) is an assistant regional administrator in the Sustainable Fisheries Division, National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Region
- Robert Shavelson (1991) is executive director at Cook Inletkeeper
- Dennis Lassuy (1988) is deputy director at North Slope Science Initiative.
- Keith Criddle (1986) is a Ted Stevens Distinguished Professor of Marine Policy at the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks