AIP Seeking Applicants for Congressional Fellowship Program

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Publication date: 
7 December 2010

Members of the physics community who  want to spend a unique year learning about the inner workings of Congress in  Washington DC should consider applying to the American Institute of Physics  Congressional Science Fellowship Program. The application deadline is January  15.

Congressional Fellowships are an  opportunity for physicists who want to apply their knowledge and skills beyond  the lab bench to the conduct of national policy. Fellows serve a one-year term  working in the office of a Member of Congress or for a congressional committee.  This program enables qualified, highly-motivated scientists to actively  participate in the congressional policymaking process. Fellows gain insight  into the workings of government, learn how to contribute their voices and  knowledge to the policymaking process, and perform a public service by  providing skilled support to inform policy decisions. Recent Fellows have  contributed their talents to issues as diverse as energy efficiency, nuclear  waste and power safety, digital music copyrights, homeland security, Native  American issues, and judicial misconduct.

Scientists of all career levels are  encouraged to apply. If you have a PhD or equivalent research background, you  may be eligible to apply for the AIP Congressional Fellowship Program. The  fellowship term is for one year, usually running September through August.  Benefits include a stipend of $70,000 per year, a relocation allowance, an  allowance for in-service travel for professional development and reimbursement  for health insurance up to a specified maximum. While a Fellow must have the  scientific qualifications to be a credible representative of the science  community on Capitol Hill, he or she should also have demonstrated an interest  in broader societal concerns and the application of science to their solution.

Many former Fellows have gone on to  help craft Administration science policy by serving in the White House Office  of Science and Technology Policy or in federal S&T departments and  agencies. Others return to academia or industry, while some accept permanent  staff positions on Capitol Hill.

The AIP Fellowship program is  supported, in part, by contributions from two of AIP's Member Societies: the  Acoustical Society of America (ASA) and AVS: Science and Technology of  Materials, Interfaces and Processing. In addition, some of AIP's Member  Societies sponsor their own Congressional fellow. These societies include APS,  OSA and AGU. More information about these fellowship programs can be found  here.

Qualifications include:

  - Excellent scientific credentials; a  PhD in a technical field defined by the scope of the activities of AIP's Member  Societies. PhD requirement waived for outstanding candidates with equivalent  research experience.   - U.S. citizenship and membership in any  of the ten AIP Member Societies.   - Interest or experience in applying  scientific knowledge to the solution of societal problems.   - Outstanding interpersonal and  communications skills.   - Sound judgment and maturity in  decision-making. 

Applications are due by January 15.  Application instructions can be found here.

For more information: Jennifer  Greenamoyer, (301) 209-3104, jgreenamoyer [at]

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