William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellowship

Funding Agency:
American Geological Institute

The American Geosciences Institute participates in the AAAS Congressional Fellowship Program to bring science experts to Congress. Congressional Fellows are key brokers of scientific knowledge for policy-makers and also learn the intricate process of developing public policy and how the legislative process works, which they can share with their science colleagues.

This fellowship represents a unique opportunity to gain first-hand experience with the legislative process on Capitol Hill. The successful candidate will spend 12 months (starting September 1, 2023) in Washington, D.C., working as a staff member in the office of a member of Congress or congressional committee. Fellows make practical contributions to the effective and timely use of geoscientific knowledge on issues relating to the environment, resources, natural hazards, and federal science policy.

Deadline: Jan. 21, 2024

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Prospective applicants should have a broad geoscience background and excellent written and oral communication skills. Although prior experience in public policy is not necessary, a demonstrable interest in applying science to solving public problems is desirable. A Ph.D. in geosciences is required by the time of appointment. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or already eligible to work in the United States. Individuals who are federal employees, active duty military, or foreign service personnel at the time of the application deadline are not eligible to apply. Applicants must also be a member of one of AGI’s member societies.

Funding Type



Post Doctoral Fellows


Environmental & Life Sciences
Social Sciences

External Deadline

January 21, 2024