Several fellowship opportunities are available to graduate students in the Illinois-Indiana region. Fellowships include governmental internships in Washington D.C., funding to support research and a yearlong assignment at the Great Lakes Commission in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Fellowships are typically announced in the late fall with applications due in the early winter, although dates vary from year to year.

John A. Knauss Fellowship
The Knauss fellowship provides a unique educational experience to students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The program matches highly qualified graduate students with "hosts" in the legislative and executive branches of government located in the Washington, D.C. area for a one year paid fellowship.
Application deadline: February 12, 2016
Start date: February 1, 2017
Length: One year

Great Lakes Commission/Sea Grant Fellowship
One fellow will work for one year with members of Great Lakes' science policy and information/education communities to advance the environmental quality and sustainable economic development goals of the Great Lakes states. The fellowship is located at the Great Lakes Commission office in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Application deadline: February 15, 2016
Start date: June 1, 2016
Length: One year

National Marine Fisheries Service Fellowships 
These fellowships are aimed at Ph.D. candidates, who are United States citizens, interested in the population dynamics of living marine resources and the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing their status. The marine resource economics fellowship concentrates on the conservation and management of marine resources.
Application deadline: January 29, 2016
Length: Up to two years for Marine Economics and up to three years for Population Dynamics

NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship
The Coastal Management Fellowship was established to provide on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students and to provide project assistance to state coastal zone management programs. The program matches postgraduate students with state coastal zone programs to work on projects proposed by the state. 
Application deadline: January 22, 2016
Start date: August 1, 2016
Length: Two years


Angela Archer
Fellowship Program Leader 

Current Fellows - Knauss Class of 2015

Rachel Gentile - Aide, U.S Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif)
Blog - Checking in with Knauss Fellow Rachel Gentile

Alyssa Hausman - Congressional and Legislative Affairs Fellow, U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Blog - Checking in with Alyssa Hausman

Recent Fellows

Sara Paver, 2014 Knauss Fellow
Postdoc, University of Chicago
Sara Paver looks back on her experiences as a Knauss Fellow

Katherine Touzinsky - 2014 Knauss Fellow
Research Specialist, Coastal and Water Resources Infrastructure, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Najwa Obeid - 2013 Knauss Fellow
Water Resource Engineer, Louis Berger

Will Tyburczy - 2013 Knauss Fellow
Program Analyst, NOAA 

Mike Allen - 2010 Knauss Fellow
Assistant Director for Research, Maryland Sea Grant

Priscilla Viana - 2010 Knauss Fellow
Environmental Engineer, ARCADIS

Min-Yang Lee - 2009 NOAA Coastal Management Fellow
Visiting Scholar, School of Marine Science, UMASS Dartmouth

Angela Deen - 2008 Knauss Fellow
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Mark Carter - 2008 Knauss Fellow
Environmental Biologist, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Anne Readel - 2007 Knauss Fellow
Ph.D. Associate/Patent Litigator, Perkins Coie LLP

Kenli Schaaf - 2006 Knauss Fellow
Deputy Associate Director for Policy Outreach, While House Council on Environmental Quality

Kate Van Holle - 2006 Knauss Fellow
Director, Federal Research Development, The University of Chicago

Cameron Speir - 2006 NMFS Fellow
Economist, National Marine Fisheries Service, Santa Cruz, CA

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