Jefferson Science Fellowship seeks scientists to advise on foreign policy. Applications due Jan. 13

Applications are being sought for the Jefferson Science Fellowship program. The idea of the program is to establish “a new model for engaging the American academic science, technology, engineering and medical communities in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy.” The  program is administered by the National Academies of Sciences

According to the program website: “Without an accurate, timely understanding of rapidly advancing STE issues, it is increasingly difficult to identify and establish sound governmental policy that effectively meets the needs of modern societies. The articulation of ‘accurate science for statecraft’ to policy makers has become an essential element in establishing effective international relationships in the 21st century.’

The Jefferson Science Fellowship is open to tenured, or similarly ranked, faculty from U.S. institutions of higher learning who are U.S. citizens. Those selected spend one year on assignment at the U.S. Department of State or USAID as science advisors on foreign policy issues. Assignments are tailored to the needs of the hosting office, while taking into account the Fellows’ interests and areas of expertise. As part of their assignments, Jefferson Fellows also have the opportunity to travel to U.S. embassies and missions overseas. At the conclusion of the fellowship year, and upon return to their home institution, Fellows continue to serve as a resource to the State Department and USAID for an additional five years.

Applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Ability to articulate science and technology issues to the non-specialist/general public,
  • Ability to rapidly and accurately understand scientific advancements outside their discipline area and to effectively integrate this knowledge into U.S. Department of State/USAID policy discussions,
  • Open-mindedness and receptive attitudes toward public policy discussions at the U.S. Department of State/USAID, and
  • Stature, recognition and experience in the national and international scientific or engineering communities..


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