OVERVIEW OF THE 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). Social scientists whose research interfaces with, or is relevant to, foreign policy or international development are also eligible. 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.
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.