AIP Seeks Applicants for State Department Fellowship

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Publication date: 
22 September 2014
Number: 
146

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) is now seeking applicants for its 2015-2016 State Department Science Fellowship. The application deadline is November 3, 2014.

Issues involving S&T are an important part of America’s diplomatic portfolio, making it essential for the U.S. Department of State to have knowledgeable scientific input. Through its State Department Science Fellowship program, the American Institute of Physics offers an opportunity for scientists to make a unique and substantial contribution to the foreign policy process by spending a year working at the U.S. State Department.  This is a unique opportunity for a scientist to contribute scientific and technical expertise to the Department and raise awareness of the value of scientific input. In turn, scientists broaden their experience by interacting with policymakers in the federal government and learning about the foreign policy process.

AIP Fellows have worked on topics as varied as critical infrastructure protection, export controls, use of remote sensing imagery, biotechnology and the safety of agricultural products, as well as European, Russian, and Chinese science policy.

AIP is grateful for annual contributions from the American Astronomical Society to help support its State Department Science Fellowship.

Application Information and Qualifications

Qualified scientists at any stage of their career are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, have a PhD in physics or a closely related field, be members of one or more of AIP’s Member Societies and be eligible to receive an appropriate security clearance prior to starting the Fellowship.  For information on AIP’s Fellowship program qualifications and application instructions, please visit our website.   Final interviews will take place early in 2015 and the 12-month Fellowship term will begin in September 2015.

AIP does not take a role in the Fellow’s placement, but does encourage its Fellows to seek opportunities beyond the traditional roles for scientists in the department when interviewing for an assignment to broaden the reach and visibility of scientific expertise within the Department.

Application components include a letter of intent, resume and three letters of recommendation.  More information and a link to our online application portal are available at the website

Developing a clear, comprehensive and competitive application takes significant time. Start early and contact your references as soon as possible.  All application materials must be received by the November 3rd deadline.

Please see our website or contact Jennifer Greenamoyer (jgreenamoyer [at] aip.org, 301-209-3104) if you have questions or need additional information.