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In the Spotlight:

Announcement of the 2018-2019 Jefferson Science Fellows



Jefferson Science Fellows Distinguished Lecture Series


Physicists Use Scientific Skills to Improve World Through Jefferson Science Fellowships

An article featuring JSF's Dr. Steve Greenbaum, Dr. Alice Bean
and Dr. Richard Martinson
Capitol Hill Quarterly
American Physical Society publication

Jefferson Science Fellowship Experience
Dr. Stephanie Forrest's (JSF '13) Blog
Computing Community Consortium (CCC)

Tacit Diplomacy in Life Sciences
Dr. David Benson (JSF '12) & Dr. Rojer Kjelgren (JSF '12)
Science Diplomacy


The contribution of state-of-the-art science, technology, engineering, and medicine to the formulation and implementation of U.S. government policy and international development has been recognized throughout the second half of the 20th-century as a critical element in reaching sound, comprehensive conclusions that reflect “good governance.” Without an accurate, timely understanding of rapidly advancing issues in these fields, it is increasingly difficult to identify and establish sound governmental policy and international development strategies that effectively meet the needs of modern societies. 

Recognizing this need, on October 8, 2003, the Secretary of State announced the Jefferson Science Fellows (JSF) program, establishing a new model for engaging the American academic science, technology, engineering, and medical communities in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy and international development programming. The JSF program is administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and is supported through a partnership between the U.S. academic community, professional scientific societies, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

The JSF is open to tenured, or similarly ranked, faculty from U.S. institutions of higher learning who are U.S. citizens. The application period opens in early August and closes at the end of October. After successfully obtaining a security clearance, selected Jefferson Science Fellows spend one year on assignment at the U.S. Department of State or USAID as science advisors on foreign policy/international development issues. Assignments are tailored to the needs of the hosting office, while taking into account the Fellows’ interests and areas of expertise. Following the fellowship year, Fellows will return to their academic career but will remain available to the U.S. government as an experienced consultant for short-term projects.

Click here to learn more about Jefferson Science Fellowship Opportunities at the U.S. Department of State

Click here to learn more about Jefferson Science Fellowship Opportunities at the U.S. Agency for International Development

View the Jefferson Science Fellowships Brochure here.


The online application is OPEN

Application deadline:
October 31, 2019 at 5 PM EST

MOU deadline:
October 31, 2019


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