Next year will be an exciting time on Capitol Hill, with new faces
and new ideas. Are you interested in experiencing this dynamic atmosphere
from the inside? Members of the physics community who want to spend
a unique year learning about the inner workings of the federal government
while getting involved on a personal level should consider applying
to the American Institute of Physics and the American Physical
Society Congressional Science Fellowship programs. All
application materials for the 2007-2008 AIP and APS Congressional Science
Fellowships MUST BE POSTMARKED by the JANUARY 15, 2007 deadline
for the fellowship term starting in September 2007. Please see
below for more information on applying.
In addition to its Congressional Science Fellowship, the American Institute
of Physics also offers a State Department Science Fellowship.
As a reminder to those readers interested in U.S. foreign policy: the
application deadline for AIP's 2007-2008 State Department Science Fellowship
has been extended to MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2006.
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 Congressional Fellowships
are an opportunity to make a difference. After a two-week orientation
in Washington, Fellows work with congressional offices to select an
assignment in the office of a Member of Congress or for a congressional
committee. Recent Fellows have contributed their talents to issues as
diverse as energy efficiency, 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 departments and agencies. Others return
to academia or industry, while some accept permanent staff positions
on Capitol Hill.
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.
For APS members, one application suffices for both the AIP and APS Congressional
FOR THE AIP AND APS CONGRESSIONAL SCIENCE FELLOWSHIPS, ALL APPLICATION
MATERIALS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY JANUARY 15, 2007.
Two other AIP Member Societies, the American Geophysical Union and
the Optical Society of American, also sponsor Congressional Fellows;
please see below for links to their web sites. All these Fellowship
programs are run under the auspices of the American Association for
the Advancement of Science. For details on the required application
materials, how to apply, and where to send applications for any of the
AIP and AIP Member Society Congressional Fellowship Programs, please
see the following web sites:
AIP and Member Society Congressional Science Fellowships:
For AIP: http://www.aip.org/gov/cf.html
For APS: http://www.aps.org/public_affairs/fellow/
For AGU: http://www.agu.org/sci_soc/policy/sci_pol.html
For OSA: http://www.osa.org/news/congressionalfellowships/
For further information on the AIP State Department Science Fellowship,
(application deadline: November 20, 2006), please see the following
AIP State Department Science Fellowship: http://www.aip.org/gov/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
can provide such an opportunity.