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Jefferson Science Fellowship
Fellowships Office
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Tenured, or similarly ranked, academic scientists (life, physical and/or social), engineers, and physicians from U.S. institutions of higher learning, who are U.S. citizens, are eligible for Jefferson Science Fellowships (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, DC. Fellows may also be involved in extended stays at U.S. foreign embassies and/or missions. All JSF assignments will be designed in consultation with host offices within the U.S. Department of State or USAID.

In general, JSF assignments will complement and enhance existing staff while 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 or USAID. Each Fellow will also be expected to become conversant with the functional operations of the U.S. Department of State or USAID and return to their academic career bringing this expertise with them back to their institution. Fellows may remain available as consultants to their host offices or bureaus.