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Jefferson Science Fellowship
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Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. citizen   
  • Must be a scientist, technologist, engineer, or physician holding a tenured or similarly ranked academic appointment at a U.S. college or university
  • If awarded, the candidate must successfully complete and maintain security clearances at the U.S. Department of State/USAID
  • Applicant's academic institution must sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Academy of Sciences in order to be considered as a finalist 

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Stature, recognition, and experience in the national and international scientific or engineering community
  • Ability to articulate science and technology to the non-specialist/general public
  • Ability to rapidly and accurately understand scientific advancements both within and outside their discipline area and to effectively integrate this knowledge into U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) policy discussions
  • Benefit of the fellowship to the applicant and the applicant's university
  • Related experience which may positively influence the success of the applicant in this fellowship