Sea Grant Announces Finalists for the Knauss 2022 Fellowship

November 15th, 2021

Silver Spring, MD — NOAA and Sea Grant are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2022 class of the Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program. The one-year fellowship places early career professionals in federal government offices in Washington, D.C. The 74 finalists in the 2022 class represent 28 of the 34 Sea Grant programs. Since 1979, almost 1,500 fellows have completed the program, becoming leaders in science, policy, and public administration roles.

Congratulations to NJSGC executive fellows Schuyler Nardelli (Rutgers University) placed at the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Office, and Elizabeth Wright-Fairbanks (Rutgers University), at the Ocean Acidification Program Office. Also congratulations to 2022 Knauss Fellows Janine Barr (Rutgers University) and Ashlyn Spector (Rutgers University) who will receive their placements in January. Please stay tuned for more updates!


Knauss finalists are chosen through a competitive process that includes comprehensive review at both the state Sea Grant program and national levels. Students that are enrolled in or have recently completed master’s, Juris Doctor (J.D.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs with a focus and/or interest in marine and coastal science, policy or management apply to one of the 34 Sea Grant programs. If applicants are successful at the state program level, their applications are then reviewed by a national panel of experts.

“At both the state and national levels, Sea Grant’s active recruitment and student engagement efforts supported one of the most robust applicant pools in fellowship history,” said Jonathan Pennock, Ph.D., National Sea Grant College Program director. “I have no doubt that the finalists’ diverse perspectives will provide great insight towards addressing critical marine policy and science challenges. We look forward to welcoming the 2022 class of Knauss fellows.”

This year’s class comprises students and recent graduates from 51 distinct universities, including 11 minority-serving institutions. The finalists completed coursework and research in a range of fields, such as agronomy, anthropology, ecology, environmental policy and law, fisheries, geology, marine and coastal sciences, several disciplines of oceanography, tourism management, and urban and regional planning.

Download the list of 2022 Knauss finalists (PDF)

Download the placements for 2022 Knauss executive fellows (PDF)

Interested in applying for the 2022 Knauss Fellowship?

Attend NJSGC “Knauss 101 Info Session” with Acting Executive Director Pete Rowe