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 About the Jefferson Science Fellowship                 

Tenured, or similarly ranked, academic scientists, engineers and physicians from U.S. institutions of higher learning, who are U.S. citizens, are eligible for selection as Jefferson Science Fellows (JSF). Each Fellow will spend one year at the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for an on-site assignment in Washington, D.C. that may also involve extended stays at U.S. foreign embassies and/or missions. All JSF assignments will be designed in consultation with regional and/or functional bureaus within the U.S. Department of State/USAID.

Since the program is a collaborative effort between the U.S. academic community, the U.S. Department of State, and USAID, financial and institutional support for the program is shared among these partners. During their one-year assignment at the U.S. Department of State/USAID, the Fellow’s salary and benefits are paid by the academic institution at which their position is held. The academic position of the Fellow, together with all the rights and privileges associated with that position, are maintained during the fellowship year. Fellows are paid a per diem of up to $50,000 to cover local living expenses (see exceptions under terms listed here) and an additional $10,000 is awarded for travel associated with their assignments at the U.S. Department of State/USAID. Additional travel support may be provided by the Fellow’s office or bureau.

While in general JSF assignments will involve providing up-to-date expertise in the rapidly advancing science, technology, engineering and medical arenas that routinely impact the policy decisions encountered by the U.S. Department of State/USAID, each Fellow will also be expected to become conversant with the functional operation of the U.S. Department of State/USAID. In doing so, the JSF program complements and enhances the existing efforts by the permanent staff within the U.S. Department of State/USAID. Following the fellowship year, the Jefferson Science Fellow will return to his/her academic career, but will remain available to the U.S. Department of State/USAID for short-term projects over the subsequent five years.

The following bureaus and offices at the U.S. Department of State and USAID are among those that have offered assignments in the past to Jefferson Fellows. Note that not all offices are always able to host a fellow every year and new offices participate in the program for the first time every cycle.

U.S. Department of State

Bureau of African Affairs
 - Office of Economic Policy (AF/EPS)

Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance
 - Office of Verification and Transparency Technologies (AVC/VTT)

Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs
 - Office of Economic Policy (EAP/EP)
 - Office of Regional and Security Policy (EAP/RSP)

Bureau of Economics, Energy, and Business Affairs
 - Office of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Textile Trade Affairs (EEB/TPP/ABT)
 - Office of International Energy and Commodity Policy (EEB/ESC/IEC) 
 - Office of International Intellectual Property Enforcement (EEB/TPP/IPE)

Bureau for Energy Resources
 - Energy Transformation Deputate (ENR/ET)

Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
 - Office of South Central European Affairs (EUR/SCE)
 - Office of Policy Analysis (F/PA)

Bureau of Intelligence and Research
 - Office of Economic Analysis (INR/EC)
 - Office of the Geographer and Global Issues (INR/GGI)

Bureau of International Organization Affairs
 - Office of Global Systems (GS)

Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation
 - Biological Policy Staff (ISN/BPS)
 - Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs (ISN/TR)

Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs
 - Iraq Office (I)

Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
 - Office of Science and Technology Cooperation (OES/ENV)
 - Office of International Health and Biodefense (OES/IHB)
 - Office of Ecology and Conservation
 - Office of Conservation and Water

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs
 - Office of the Coordinator for Counter Piracy (PM/CPMS)

Office of the Secretary of State
 - Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues (S/CCI)
 - Office of the Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative (S/GHFSI)
 - Office of Global Food Security (GFS)

Bureau for Western Hemisphere Affairs
 - Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (WHA/PDA)

USAID

Office of the Administrator
 - Development Innovation Ventures (A/DIV)

Bureau for Food Security
 - Office of Agricultural Research and Policy (BFS/ARP)
 - Office Markets, Partnerships, and Innovation (BFS/MPI)

Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade
 - Global Water Coordinator Team (EGAT)

Bureau for Global Health
 - Office of Health, Infectious Diseases and Nutrition

Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)
 - Strategy and Program Office (LAC/SPO)
 - Office of Regional Sustainable Development

Bureau for the Middle East
 - Middle East Regional Cooperation Program (MERC)
 - Office of Middle East Affairs

Bureau of Policy, Planning, and Learning
 - Office of Policy (PPL/P)