Reminder: Deadline Approaching for AIP State Dept. Fellowship

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Publication date: 
2 October 2007

This is a reminder to members of all AIP Member Societies - application materials for the 2008-2009 AIP State Department Science Fellowship are due by NOVEMBER 1, 2007. For scientists interested in the nexus between foreign policy and science, there is still time to apply to this program. For this year, AIP has implemented a new paperless application process. Please visit our Fellowships web site at apply.

As an AIP State Department Fellow, you will experience a unique year in Washington, making a personal contribution to U.S. foreign policy while learning how the policy-making process operates. The AIP State Department Science Fellowship places one or more qualified scientists in the State Department for a 12-month term to apply their knowledge and analytical skills to S&T issues that are international in scope. An annual contribution to the AIP Fellowship is provided by the American Astronomical Society.

AIP is currently seeking applicants for the 2008-2009 State Department Science Fellowship. The term will start in the fall of 2008. Qualified scientists at any stage of their career are encouraged to apply. Information on applying is provided below. Interested readers can also see our web site and click on “AIP State Department Fellowship” for more information on the program.


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 ten Member Societies, and be eligible to receive an appropriate security clearance prior to starting the Fellowship. (The PhD requirement may be waived for outstanding applicants with equivalent research experience.) Once selected, the Fellow will work with the State Department to arrange an assignment.

You must visit our Fellowships web site to apply. Applicants will be asked to fill out a form on the web site, providing contact and qualification information. They will also receive instructions on submission by email of the following materials:

1. LETTER OF INTENT, limited to two pages, and providing information on your reason for applying, scientific and professional background, foreign policy interest or experience, and attributes that would make you effective in this Fellowship.

2. RESUME, limited to two pages, with one additional page for a list of key publications.

3. THREE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION: Applicants should arrange for three recommendation letters to be submitted directly by your references. The letters should be from those having direct knowledge of your character, professional competence, and attributes or experience that enhance your suitability for this position.

The APPLICATION DEADLINE is NOVEMBER 1, 2007 for the 2008-9 Fellowship term.

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