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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 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 USAID policy discussions
  • Ability to articulate science and technology to the non-specialist/general public
  • 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