AIP State Department Fellowship

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Publication date: 
11 September 2012

Are you interested in the interface between science and technology and  international affairs?     Issues involving S&T are an  important part of the U.S.’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.

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  ten Member Societies and be eligible to receive an appropriate security  clearance prior to starting the Fellowship. Final interviews will take place  early in 2013 and the 12-month Fellowship term will begin in September 2013.

For information on AIP’s Fellowship  program qualifications and application instructions, please visit our website.

What do AIP Fellows work on  during their terms at the State Department?

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,  emerging S&T issues, European and Russian science policy, and the World  Summit on Sustainable Development. AIP’s first State Department Fellow, George  Atkinson, subsequently served for several years as the Science and Technology  Adviser to the Secretary of State.

History and Application Information

AIP’s Fellowship program, the first  of its kind, was established in 2001 to help enhance the scientific and  technical capabilities of the State Department. AIP’s Fellowship is run under  the auspices of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s  Science and Technology Policy Fellowships. AIP receives an annual contribution  from the American Astronomical Society to help support its State Department  Science Fellowship.

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.  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 1 deadline. 

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


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