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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 and offices within the U.S. Department of State or 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 or 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 stipend or per diem of up to $50,000 to cover local living expenses (if relocating to Washington, D.C.) and an additional $10,000 is awarded for travel associated with their assignments at the U.S. Department of State or 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 or USAID, each Fellow will also be expected to become conversant with the functional operation of the U.S. Department of State or USAID. In doing so, the JSF program complements and enhances the existing efforts by the permanent staff within the U.S. Department of State or USAID. During the fellowship year, each Fellow delivers a lecture on a topic of his/her choosing as a part of the JSF Distinguished Lecture Series. 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 or USAID for short-term projects over the subsequent five years.