14 September 2021

AIP Seeks Applicants for Science Policy Fellowships

Susanna Kohler

Susanna Kohler American Astronomical Society (AAS)

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) is accepting applications for fellowship programs that will place scientists and engineers with the State Department and Congress for a one-year term starting in fall 2022.

Illustration of the Capitol building with the names of the two AIP policy fellowships and deadlines overlaid.

Two programs are currently available:

  • 2022–2023 AIP State Department Fellowship Program
    Application deadline: 15 October 2021

    This one-year fellowship is a unique opportunity for a scientist or engineer to contribute technical expertise to the State Department and raise awareness of the value of scientific input. In turn, fellows broaden their experience by interacting with policy makers in the federal government and learning about the foreign policy process.

    Past fellows have been placed in a wide variety of roles across the State Department, including in offices focused on weapons nonproliferation, export controls, science diplomacy, climate change, and water conservation.
  • 2022–2023 AIP Congressional Fellowship Program
    Application deadline: 1 December 2021

    AIP sponsors two fellows annually to spend a year providing analytical expertise and scientific advice as congressional staff members. Fellows gain a perspective on the legislative process that can enhance not only their own careers but also the physics community’s ability to communicate more effectively with Congress.
    Fellows can work for a congressional committee or the personal office of a senator or representative.

The fellowships include an $82,400 annualized stipend, health insurance reimbursement, and a professional development allotment. Individuals at any stage of their career are encouraged to apply. Among other qualifications, applicants must possess the following:

  • Membership in one or more of AIP’s Member Societies at the time of application;
  • A PhD in physics or a field closely related to the physical sciences, which must be completed before the start of the fellowship;
  • US citizenship (State Department Fellowship only); and
  • Eligibility for a security clearance (State Department Fellowship only).

For more information, see the AIP Science Policy Fellowship website. This post was adapted from an announcement from AIP.