Most of the foreign policy issues faced by the U.S. Department of State have a scientific or technical component. This Fellowship is intended to enhance the S&T capacity of the Department by enabling a scientist or engineer to work at the Department’s Washington, DC headquarters for a one-year term.
This is a unique opportunity 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
Membership in one or more of AIP's member societies at the time of application
Ph.D. in physics or a field closely related to the physical sciences (degree must be complete before the start of the fellowship term)
Eligibility for security clearance
Interest or experience in S&T aspects of foreign policy
Excellent scientific credentials
Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills
Sound judgment and maturity in decision-making
Current Executive Branch employees are not eligible to serve as AIP State Department Science Fellows while continuing to hold their original federal appointment.
Fellowships are for one year, usually running September through August. Prior to the start of the Fellowship term, Fellows interview with interested offices in the State Department to identify a placement where they wish to serve. Also at that time, arrangements will be made with the State Department to obtain a security clearance.
AIP fellows are part of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellowship program. All fellows are required to attend a two-week orientation in Washington for all Science and Technology Policy Fellows, organized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. During their term, Fellows are expected to work full-time at their Fellowship. Requests to extend the term for a second year will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Stipend of $77,500 per year
Allowance for in-service travel for professional development
Reimbursement for health insurance premiums up to specified maximum
Scientists at all career stages, including mid- and late-career professionals, are encouraged to apply. Although the Fellowship is a full-time position, arrangements to supplement the stipend by continuing to receive a salary from a current employer while taking a sabbatical or leave of absence during the Fellowship term may be worked out on a case-by-case basis.
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 submitted via our online application system. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all application materials, including letters of recommendation, are submitted prior to the deadline. Applicants can verify receipt of recommendation letters via the online application system.
Your Letter of Intent should be limited to 2 pages and provide information regarding:
Reason for applying
Scientific training and professional background
Foreign policy interest or experience
Attributes and experience that would make the applicant effective in this position.
Your resume should be limited to 2 pages with up to one additional page allowed for a list of key publications.
4. Letters of recommendation
Recommendation letters should be from those having direct knowledge of the applicant's character, professional competence and particular attributes or experience that would enhance the candidate's suitability for this position.
The American Institute of Physics advances, promotes and serves the physical sciences for the benefit of humanity.
As a federation of physical science societies, AIP offers programs, products and services that:
Advance and distribute the knowledge of the physical sciences and its applications;
Enhance and cultivate the physical sciences disciplines;
Enable and foster collaborative efforts among stakeholders in the physical sciences; and
Promote the physical sciences to the public, leaders, government officials, agencies, and the media.
AIP Member Societies cover a broad range of fields in the physical sciences and collectively represent more than 120,000 scientists, engineers, educators and students in the global physical sciences community.
AIP offers authoritative information, services, and expertise in physics education and student programs, science communication, government relations, career services for science and engineering professionals, statistical research in physics employment and education, industrial outreach, and the history of physics and allied fields. AIP also publishes the flagship magazine Physics Today and is home to the Society of Physics Students... and the Niels Bohr Library and Archives. AIP owns AIP Publishing LLC, a not-for-profit scholarly publisher in the physical and related sciences.
AIP is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit membership corporation.
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