THIS IS A REMINDER all application materials for the AIP
State Department Science Fellowship MUST BE POSTMARKED BY NOVEMBER 1!
This program is open to qualified members of the ten AIP Member Societies
and enables scientists to spend a year working in the U.S. Department
of State and contributing to the nation's foreign policy. Please see
our Fellowship web site at http://www.aip.org/gov/sdf.html
for details on this program and how to apply.
As AIP prepares for the upcoming State Department Science Fellowship
selection, we would also like to alert our readers to other Fellowship
opportunities that they might find of interest. While AIP will NOT be
sponsoring a Congressional Science Fellow for the 2005-6 year, three
of our physics-related Member Societies have Congressional Science Fellowship
programs: The American Physical Society, the American Geophysical Union,
and the Optical Society of America (which sponsors two Congressional
Fellowships jointly with the Materials Research Society and the International
Society for Optical Engineering). Application deadlines for these Fellowships
usually fall in or near January of the year the Fellowship will start;
please see the individual program web sites for application requirements,
deadlines, and other information on each of these programs:
The American Physical Society:
The American Geophysical Union:
The Optical Society of America:
Another Fellowship opportunity which readers might find of interest
is the White House Fellows program. This prestigious Fellowship is intended
to provide a unique educational experience to exceptional candidates
who may be the nation's future leaders and policymakers. The White House
Fellows program is now accepting applications for its 2005-6 Fellowship
According to the web site (http://www.whitehouse.gov/fellows/),
the purpose of the White House Fellows program is "to provide gifted
and highly motivated young Americans with some first-hand experience
in the process of governing the Nation and a sense of personal involvement
in the leadership of society."
The White House Fellows program was established by President Lyndon
Johnson in 1964, and is strictly non-partisan. Although there are no
age requirements, it seeks relatively young professionals who have already
demonstrated an outstanding record of achievement in their careers.
Between 11 and 19 applicants are selected annually to serve in this
one-year Fellowship, "working as full-time, paid special assistants
to senior White House Staff, the Vice President, Cabinet Secretaries
and other top-ranking government officials," the web site states.
Fellows also receive a one-of-a-kind educational experience "consisting
of roundtable discussions with renowned leaders from the private and
public sectors, and trips to study U.S. policy in action both domestically
and internationally." White House Fellows have the chance to meet
with "dozens of individuals including Supreme Court Justices, Cabinet
Secretaries, senior White House officials, Members of Congress, military
leaders, journalists, historians, business executives, and foreign heads
Candidates for the White House Fellowships are expected to show "a
record of remarkable professional achievement early in one's career,"
evidence of "leadership skills and the potential for further growth,"
a "demonstrated commitment to public service," and "the
knowledge and skills necessary to contribute successfully at the highest
levels of the federal government." Applicants must be U.S. citizens
with at least an undergraduate education, and be "working in their
chosen professions." They must be eligible to receive a security
clearance for the Fellowship. Federal government employees are not eligible
except for career military personnel.
The White House Fellowship term runs from September 1 to August 31.
Regional finalists are selected and interviewed in the spring; those
chosen as national finalists are invited to Washington, D.C. in June
for several days of interviews with the President's Commission on White
House Fellowships. Those candidates selected as Fellows will then interview
with government agency officials for placements, and their placements
are determined by the Director of the President's Commission on White
House Fellowships in consultation with the agency officials. White House
Fellows receive salary and benefits from the agency in which they work,
and may not receive any outside compensation during the Fellowship year.
In return for this one-of-a-kind experience, it is hoped that Fellows
will continue to demonstrate a commitment to public service, and will
become leaders in their respective communities.
Applications for the 2005-6 White House Fellowship term will be accepted
from September 2004 through FEBRUARY 1, 2005. Interested readers
are encouraged to check the White House Fellowships web site at http://www.whitehouse.gov/fellows/
for the application form and the latest application and submission information.
Past White House Fellows include Colin Powell, Secretary of State and
former Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; Wesley Clark, General, U.S.
Army (retired), Chairman and CEO of Wesley K. Clark and Associates and
former Supreme Allied Commander, Europe; Elaine Chao, Secretary of Labor,
former President and CEO of the United Way of America and former Director
of the Peace Corps; and Timothy Wirth, President of the United Nations
Foundation and former Senator and Undersecretary for Global Affairs;
as well as several current and former Members of Congress and other
leaders in government and industry.
Each of these Fellowships is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for bright
and highly-motivated individuals to perform a public service and spend
a year gaining firsthand knowledge of, and making a unique contribution
to, the workings of the U.S. government.