Jefferson Science Fellows Program

Funding Agency:
National Academies

Jefferson Science Fellowships are an innovative model for engaging faculty in the U.S. foreign policy and international development process through a one-year immersive experience at the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Open to tenured, or similarly ranked, faculty from U.S. institutions of higher learning who are U.S. citizens, Fellows are embedded at State or USAID where they become conversant in operations and processes while contributing their technical expertise to policy formulation and implementation. Faculty return with a deeper understanding of policy, diplomacy, and international development to augment their research and teaching.

Deadline:  Oct. 17, 2023

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

To complete an online application, an applicant must confirm they are:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • A scientist (life, physical, and/or social), engineer, or physician
  • Tenured or similarly ranked faculty at a U.S. academic institution
  • Able to confirm or secure an active Memorandum of Understanding between their academic institution and the National Academy of Sciences
  • Not knowingly hindered from obtaining a U.S. government security clearance (more information below under Security Clearance)



Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science

External Deadline

October 17, 2023