Applications Open for AGU Congressional Science Fellowship

1 November 2013
AGU Science Policy Alert 13-45

AGU is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 AGU Congressional Science Fellowship (CSF) Program. The fellowship offers scientists the opportunity to work directly with science policy in Washington, D.C. The two AGU-sponsored fellows attend an intensive two week course on politics and the legislative process run by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) followed by one year in either the personal office of a Senator or Representative or on a House or Senate committee in the U.S. Congress. Fellows serve as a staff member in their assigned offices and their responsibilities may include writing legislation, preparing for congressional hearings, meeting with lobbyists and constituents, and more.

Fellows work on a wide range of issues with people from diverse professional backgrounds, so applicants should have a broad scientific background and excellent communication skills. Training or experience in public policy is not required, but applicants should demonstrate an interest in applying science to solve problems confronting society. While the Fellowship is aimed at early to mid-career Earth and space scientists with Ph.D.s, the program places no restriction on age, education level, or specific scientific background. The Fellowship carries a stipend of $65,000, as well as health insurance, moving expenses, and a work-related travel allowance.

Applications open 1 November 2013 and are due by 1 February 2014. For more information on the Fellowship, application requirements, and past fellows, visit the AGU Congressional Science Fellowship page or contact Elizabeth Landau at elandau@agu.org. AGU also encourages members to consider applying for a Congressional Science Fellowship with the American Geosciences Institute, as AGU members are eligible for that fellowship as well.