The AIP State Department Science Fellowship Program

Funding Agency:
American Institute of Physics

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 for 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.

Deadline: Nov. 1, 2023

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Eligibility Requirements

  • Membership in one or more of AIP's member societies at the time of application
  • U.S. citizenship
  • 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

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.

Amount Description

  • Stipend of $86,100 per year
  • Initial allowance of $3,000, which can be used for relocation or other expenses in support of your fellowship
  • Reimbursement for in-service travel or professional development up to a specified maximum 
  • Reimbursement for health insurance premiums up to specified maximum

Funding Type



Junior Faculty
Post Doctoral Fellows


Engineering and Physical Sciences

External Deadline

November 1, 2023