State Department Fellowship and AGU 2012-2013 Congressional Science Fellow

11 October 2012
AGU Science Policy Alert 12-40

AIP State Department Fellowship

Applications are due 1 November 2012 for the American Institute of Physics (AIP) 2013-2014 State Department Science Fellowship.

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, AIP 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, which includes AGU, 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.

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 1 November deadline. 

For more information visit AIP’s website or contact Jennifer Greenamoyer ( if you have questions or need additional information.

AGU 2012-2013 Congressional Science Fellows

AGU is excited to announce its 2012-2013 Congressional Science Fellows, Erica Bickford and Kevin Reed. This term will mark the 35th year that AGU has sponsored fellows to serve in Congress. Bickford and Reed will be part of a cohort comprising over 30 fellows working on Capitol Hill in the coming year and contributing their scientific knowledge to the policy-making process.

Erika Bickford finished her Ph.D. in Environment and Resources from the University of Wisconsin this summer. Her research over the years has focused on policy-relevant natural science topics, from the long-term effects of future climate change to investigating air quality impacts of transportation. She is working in the office of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for the fellowship term.

Kevin Reed completed his Ph.D. in Atmospheric and Space Science from the University of Michigan in January 2012.  His scientific interests lie in weather and climate, including his study of atmospheric events such as dust devils and dust storms in order to develop a better understanding of their electric fields. He also studies climate models used to simulate tropical cyclones and help us better understand and prepare for future cyclones. He is working in the office of Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) for the duration of the fellowship.

Bickford and Reed arrived in Washington, D.C. in September and participated in a two-week intensive course on politics and the legislative process with other Congressional Science Fellows, hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Bickford and Reed were then interviewed by congressional offices and committees before being offered a position. Among their varied duties, they will help craft legislation, advise members of Congress on votes, meet with lobbyists and constituents, organize hearings, and write speeches and statements. Additionally, they may be asked to assist during congressional hearings or debates on the floor of the House or Senate.

To learn more about the Congressional Science Fellowship program check out interviews from the 2011-2012 Fellows. Applications for the next fellowship term open 1 November 2012.