AIP Congressional Science Fellowship Program

Co-sponsored by Acoustical Society of America

The American Institute of Physics, in partnership with the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), annually sponsors one scientist to spend a year providing analytical expertise and scientific advice to Congress. The program enables scientists to broaden their experience through direct involvement with the legislative and policy processes.

Fellows gain a perspective which, ideally, will enhance not only their own careers but also the physics community’s ability to more effectively communicate with its representatives in Congress.

Qualifications

  • Membership in one or more of the 10 AIP Member Societies at time of application
  • PhD in physics or closely-related field prior to start of Fellowship term (in exceptional cases PhD requirement waived for outstanding candidates with equivalent research experience)
  • Interest or experience in applying scientific knowledge to the solution of societal problems
  • Excellent record of accomplishment in a scientific, technical, engineering or mathematical field
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills
  • Sound judgment and maturity in decision-making

Fellowship term

Fellowships are for one year, usually running September through August. The Fellowship term begins with a required two-week orientation in Washington for all Science and Technology Policy Fellows, organized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Following the orientation, Fellows interview with congressional and committee offices to find a placement where they wish to serve. Fellows are expected to be capable of handling varied assignments, both technical and non-technical. During their term, Fellows are expected to work full-time at their Fellowship assignment.

Benefits

  • Stipend of $75,000 per year
  • Relocation allowance
  • Allowance for in-service travel for professional development
  • Reimbursement for health insurance premiums up to specified maximum

Scientists at all career stages, including mid- and late-career professionals, are encouraged to apply. Although the Fellowship is a full-time position, arrangements to supplement the stipend by continuing to receive a salary from a current employer while taking a sabbatical or leave of absence during the Fellowship term may be worked out on a case-by-case basis.

ASA Partnership

The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) is the premier international scientific society in acoustics, dedicated to increasing and diffusing the knowledge of acoustics and its practical applications. AIP has been proud to partner with ASA in sponsoring a Congressional fellow since 2009.

Application Deadline

  • January 15 of the year of the Fellowship term that is being applied for

Application Materials

1. Web-form

See link at the bottom of this page.

2. Letter of intent

Your Letter of Intent should be limited to 2 pages and provide information regarding:

  • reason for applying
  • scientific training and professional background
  • foreign policy interest or experience
  • attributes and experience that would make the applicant effective in this position.

3. Resume

Your resume should be limited to 2 pages with up to one additional page allowed for a list of key publications.

4. Letters of recommendation

Three recommendation letters must be requested and submitted via the on-line application portal (link below).  Recommendation letters should be from those having direct knowledge of the applicant's character, professional competence and particular attributes or experience that would enhance the candidate's suitability for this position. Letters of recommendation are due by the January 15 deadline.

Application Process Instructions

Developing a clear, comprehensive and competitive application takes significant time. Start early and contact your references as soon as possible.

The Application link below will take you to an online application portal. The system will allow you to create a user account where you can log-in to upload your Letter of Intent and Resume and request letters of recommendation. Via this user account, you can also log-in to check receipt of your letters of recommendation and the status of your application. All application materials must be submitted electronically via this system.

The APS, AIP and ASA fellowship programs allow for submission of a single set of application materials. Via the application portal, you may apply for: APS only, AIP-ASA  only or both APS and AIP-ASA. Each organization sponsors separate fellowship programs. However, as long as an applicant meets eligibility requirements, we allow for submission of a single set of application materials. The AIP-ASA fellowship is cosponsored by each organization and administered by AIP.  In select years, AIP is also able to sponsor an additional fellow. An application submitted through this portal will be considered for both the AIP-ASA and AIP solo positions, when applicable. APS and AIP-ASA run separate review processes and committees. After your application is complete, you will communicate with AIP-ASA and APS separately.

It is the full responsibility of the applicant to check the status of materials submitted and ensure all materials, including letters of recommendation, are received by the January 15 deadline.

If you have any questions, please email scipolicyfellows [at] aip [dot] org.

Apply here