Jefferson Science Fellowship

Sponsor: Department of State
Target Group: Faculty
Closing Date: October 16, 2020
Description: On October 8, 2003, the Secretary of State announced the Jefferson Science Fellows (JSF) program, to serve as an innovative model for engaging the American academic science, technology, engineering, and medical communities in U.S. foreign policy and international development. The JSF program is administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and is supported by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

The JSF program is open to tenured, or similarly ranked, faculty from U.S. institutions of higher learning who are U.S. citizens. After successfully obtaining a security clearance, selected Jefferson Science Fellows spend one year on assignment at the U.S. Department of State or USAID serving as advisers on issues of foreign policy or international development. Assignments are tailored to the needs of the hosting office, while taking into account the Fellows’ interests and areas of expertise. Following the fellowship year, Fellows will return to their academic career but remain available to the U.S. government as experienced consultants for short-term projects.

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