Congressional Science Fellowship
ASA, CSSA, and SSSA invite applications for our Congressional Science Fellowship Program. The Fellow selected will spend one year in Washington DC, applying his/her professional and scientific expertise as a special assistant on the staff of a member of Congress or Congressional committee.
The purpose of the Fellowship is to make practical contributions to the more effective use of science and technical knowledge in government, to demonstrate the value of such science-government interaction, to inform the scientific and educational communities about public policy and the legislative process, and to provide a unique public policy learning experience.
The Fellowship can begin anytime from September to early January; the exact date is flexible and open to negotiation. The Fellowship carries an annual stipend of $60,000 plus relocation expenses, up to $1,500.
- Applicants are required to have the Ph.D. at the time they start the Fellowship. Applicants may apply for the Fellowship while finishing their doctoral program, but must have completed their degree prior to beginning the Fellowship.
- The program is aimed at highly qualified and interested individuals in early or mid-career.
- Applicants must have exceptional competence in some area of the agronomic, crop, soil, or related fields of science and education.
- Applicants must be cognizant of a broad range of matters outside the Fellow’s particular area, and have a strong interest in working on a range of public policy issues.
- Applicants are required to be ASA, CSSA, or SSSA members.
- Fellows are required to participate in two orientations: one, sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), is an intensive two-week orientation on legislative and executive branch operations in September, and the other a three-day agriculture/natural resources/environment orientation held at the end of August.
A selection committee composed of ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Officers, the Chief Executive Officer, and the Director of Science Policy will screen all applications and conduct interviews.
The Application and three Letters of Reference will be combined into one PDF and submitted online (not to exceed 10 MB). The Application will include the following:
- Full contact information (name, mailing address, phone, and email)
- ASA, CSSA or SSSA Membership Number
Describe your qualifications and career goals; why the fellowship is desired, why you are qualified; what policy and legislative issues are of particular interest; what role you envision as a Congressional Science Fellow; and, what outcome is desired from this experience relative to your career goals.
Include education, work experience, areas of special interest, and a listing of most recent publications.
Add References to Application
Include with your Application three Reference Letter PDFs that include full contact information for each individual (name, mailing address, phone, and email). The following points should be addressed in the reference letters:
- The reference's relationship to the candidate.
- The candidate's scientific, educational, technical accomplishments, and relative standing among peers.
- The candidate's interest in applying his/her experience to the solution of societal problems, as related to legislative policies.
- The candidate's ability to communicate, both orally and in writing, and to interact productively with individuals and groups.
- The candidate's maturity, judgement and leadership abilities.
- The candidate's professional future.
Beginning on October 1, 2013, combine the Application and three Letters of Reference into one PDF (not to exceed 10 MB) and submit via email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than January 15, 2014.
Questions? Contact the ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Science Policy Office at 202-408-5558 or email email@example.com