Jefferson Science Fellows Program

Funding Agency:
National Academies

The contribution of state-of-the-art science, technology, and engineering (STE) to the formulation and implementation of U.S. government policy, both domestic and foreign, has been recognized throughout the second half of the 20th-century as a critical element in reaching sound, comprehensive conclusions that reflect “good governance.” Without an accurate, timely understanding of rapidly advancing STE issues, it is increasingly difficult to identify and establish sound governmental policy and international development strategies that effectively meet the needs of modern societies. The articulation of “accurate science for statecraft” to policy makers has become an essential element in establishing effective international relationships in the 21st century.

Recognizing this need, on October 8, 2003, the Secretary of State announced the Jefferson Science Fellowship (JSF) program, establishing a new model for engaging the American academic science, technology, engineering, and medical communities in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy and international development programming. The JSF program is administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and is supported through a partnership between the U.S. academic community, professional scientific societies, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

The JSF is open to tenured, or similarly ranked, faculty from U.S. institutions of higher learning who are U.S. citizens. The application period opens in early August and closes at the end of October. Selected Jefferson Science Fellows spend one year on assignment at the U.S. Department of State or USAID as science advisors on foreign policy/international development issues. Assignments are tailored to the needs of the hosting office, while taking into account the Fellows’ interests and areas of expertise. As part of their assignments, Fellows also have the opportunity to travel to U.S. embassies and missions overseas. Following the fellowship year, Fellows will return to their academic career but will remain available to the U.S. government as an experienced consultant for short-term projects.

Deadline:  Oct. 31, 2019

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Eligibility Requirements

Tenured, or similarly ranked, academic scientists, engineers, and physicians from U.S. institutions of higher learning, who are U.S. citizens, are eligible to apply for the Jefferson Science Fellowship. 

Amount

$50,000

Amount Description

The Jefferson Science Fellow will be paid approximately $50,000 to cover local living expenses for a full year. In addition, $10,000 will be made available to the Fellow for travel associated with their assignments at the U.S. Department of State or USAID. Additional travel support may also be provided by the Fellow’s office or bureau.

Funding Type

Fellowship
Stipend

Eligibility

Faculty

Category

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

External Deadline

October 31, 2019