The American Institute of Physics and the American Physical Society
are now seeking applicants for their 2003-2004 Congressional Science
Fellowships. Are you interested in how the federal government utilizes
scientific and technological knowledge to make policy? Do you wish to
have an active role in informing legislative and policy decisions? If
so, you should consider applying to the AIP and APS Congressional Science
Fellowship programs. Application materials are due by mid-January.
Please see below for further information on applying.
For physicists who want to apply their knowledge and skills beyond
the lab bench, and who believe there is a need for technical advice
and analysis in the conduct of national policy, the Fellowships are
an opportunity to make a difference. They enable qualified scientists
to spend a year on Capitol Hill, working in the office of a Member of
Congress or for a congressional committee. Fellows work with interested
congressional offices to select an assignment. They do not act as representatives
of AIP or APS during their time on Capitol Hill; their only responsibility
is to the congressional office in which they choose to serve. Recent
Fellows have contributed their talents to issues as diverse as nuclear
waste and power safety, digital music copyrights, homeland security,
Native American issues, and judicial misconduct.
Many former Fellows have gone on to help craft Administration science
policy by serving in the White House Office of Science and Technology
Policy or in federal S&T agencies. Others return to academia or
industry, while some accept permanent staff positions on Capitol Hill.
One of the best-known former Fellows is the APS 1982-1983 Congressional
Science Fellow, Rush Holt (D-NJ), who has just won reelection to a third
term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Since 1988, AIP has been one of the 20-30 professional societies which
sponsor Fellows under a program organized by the American Association
for the Advancement of Science. APS has participated in the AAAS Fellowship
program since its inception in 1973. Two other AIP Member Societies,
the American Geophysical Union and the Optical Society of America, also
sponsor Congressional Science Fellows under the auspices of AAAS.
Scientists of all ages and career levels are encouraged to apply. Applicants
to the AIP and APS Congressional Fellowships should have a PhD in physics
or a closely related field. In exceptional cases, the PhD requirement
may be waived for candidates with compensating research experience.
While a Fellow must have the scientific qualifications to be a credible
representative of the science community on Capitol Hill, he or she should
also have demonstrated an interest in broader societal concerns and
the application of science to their solution. Applicants must be U.S.
citizens, APS members for the APS Fellowship, and current members of
one or more of the ten AIP Member Societies for the AIP Fellowship.
If the society membership requirements are met, one application suffices
for both the AIP and APS Congressional Fellowship programs.
FOR THE AIP AND APS CONGRESSIONAL SCIENCE FELLOWSHIPS, ALL APPLICATION
MATERIALS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY JANUARY 15, 2003.
For details on the required application materials, how to apply, and
where to send applications for any of the physics-related Congressional
Fellowship Programs, please see the following web sites:
AIP and Member Society Congressional Science Fellowships:
For AIP: http://www.aip.org/pubinfo
For APS: http://www.aps.org/public_affairs/fellow/index.html
For AGU: http://www.agu.org/sci_soc/policy//sci_pol.html
For OSA: http://www.osa.org/aboutosa/awards/other/congress.cfm
Two years ago, the American Institute of Physics also established an
AIP State Department Science Fellowship under the auspices of AAAS.
This program enables scientists to spend a year working in a bureau
of the U.S. Department of State, providing scientific and technological
expertise to help inform the foreign policy process. Issues that AIP's
State Department Fellows have worked on include the scientific component
of the U.S.'s position for the recent World Summit on Sustainable Development,
analysis of how science affects European public policy and emerging
S&T issues that may impact U.S.-European relationships, infrastructure
protection, and genetically engineered foods. The application deadline
for the 2003-2004 AIP State Department Fellow has passed and the selection
process is already underway. Please see the following web site for more
information on this program:
AIP State Department Science Fellowship: http://www.aip.org/mgr/sdf.html
If, as a scientist, you wish to perform a public service and make a
contribution to the nation's domestic or foreign policy, these programs
are intended to provide such an opportunity.