AGU Congressional Science Fellows

Video: Learn about the AGU Congressional Science Fellowship through firsthand interviews with AGU Executive Director Chris McEntee, Senator Jeff Bingaman, and the 2011–2012 Fellows, Rebecca French and Ian Lloyd.

The Fellowship

The demands on Congress to establish sound public policy on scientific issues have never been greater, the effects of which are far-reaching. In response to these congressional needs, AGU is pleased to have sponsored a Congressional Science Fellowship for over thirty years. The Fellowship program enables more effective use of scientific knowledge in government and provides a unique experience to scientists seeking careers involving public use of technical information. The Congressional Science Fellowship program places highly qualified, accomplished scientists, engineers, and other professionals in the offices of either an individual Member of Congress or on a committee for a one-year assignment. The AGU Fellow will have the opportunity to make significant contributions to public policy during their time working with Congress. Past Fellows have been directly involved in water policy, climate research, energy conservation, and a range of other issues that are of high priority to society. Terms, Selection Criteria and Application – application closes 1 February each year.


Current [2016-2017] Fellows:

The AGU Congressional Science Fellows for the 2016-2017 fellowship term are Karen Akerlof and Patrick Drupp. Their term marks the 39th year that AGU has sponsored a Fellow and the seventh year that AGU has sponsored two Fellows concurrently.

AGU Congressional Science Fellows Karen Akerlof (left) and Patrick Drupp (right).

AGU Congressional Science Fellows Karen Akerlof (left) and Patrick Drupp (right).


Meet the Past Fellows