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Jefferson Science Fellowship Program

The Jefferson Science Fellowship (JSF) program was launched in 2003 as an initiative of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary (STAS) to provide additional opportunities for engaging the American academic science and engineering communities in U.S. foreign policy. Jefferson Science Fellows are tenured faculty members in scientific disciplines at U.S. universities who work at the Department of State or the U.S. Agency for International Development for one year, and then remain available as consultants after returning to their academic careers.

The Jefferson Science Fellowship program is a public-private partnership that benefits the government and universities alike. Universities pay their full salaries and benefits while State pays their per diem costs. The Department of State reaps the benefits of their scientific expertise while the universities acquire new international linkages that are vital for success in a rapidly globalizing research enterprise. JSFs have served in regional and functional bureaus in the Department of State and USAID, and a few JSFs have also served brief stints in U.S. embassies overseas.

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellowships Program

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellowship recruits scientists and engineers with Ph.D.-level credentials and experience to work in congressional offices and executive branch agencies for one or two years. The aim is to foster scientifically informed, evidence-based policy and practice by engaging scientists and engineers from a broad range of disciplines, backgrounds, and career stages to directly contribute their knowledge and analytical skills to the federal government.

Started in 1973 with a class of seven fellows serving in congressional offices, the program has grown to over 250 fellows this year and over 2,000 alumni who have worked at nearly 20 executive branch agencies and departments and many congressional offices and committees.

Professional Science & Engineering Society Fellowship Program

The Professional Science and Engineering (S&E) Society Fellows Program enlists professional scientists and engineers with an interest in policy and international affairs to further the diplomacy and development policies of the United States. Fellows contribute their science and technology expertise to the policymaking process by working directly in an office at the Department of State.

The Professional S&E Society Fellows Program was established in 2001 by the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State to support of the goal of strengthening the science and technology expertise at the Department of State. Fellows are members of the sponsoring societies, which currently include the American Institute of Physics (AIP) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Salaries and benefits are paid by the societies. Other science, technology and engineering associations are consulting with E/STAS about establishing similar programs.

Other S&T Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

William C. Foster Fellows Visiting Scholars Program

The Foster Fellows program affords tenured and tenure-track academic faculty the unique opportunity to bring their research and expertise to the Department of State to assist in policy and programmatic development in arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament activities.

Franklin Fellows Program

The Franklin Fellows Program is a unique and innovative executive development vehicle which enables approved organizations to promote public service by their professionals. Experts with a minimum of five years of relevant, professional-level experience may perform a year of public service as Franklin Fellows at the Department of State or USAID. The goal of the program is for Fellows to provide valuable and pertinent advice, views, opinions, alternatives or recommendations on foreign policy and development issues facing the nation, while participating in the implementation of those policies.

Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

The National Sea Grant College Program Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, established in 1979, 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 branch of government located in the Washington, D.C. area, for a one year paid fellowship.

Fulbright Scholars Program

The Fulbright Program offers grants to study, teach and conduct research for U.S. citizens to go abroad and non-U.S. citizens to come to the United States.

Student Internship Programs

The U.S. Department of State offers a number of internship and fellowship opportunities for high school, undergraduate, graduate students.


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