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Since the JSF program is a partnership between the U.S. academic community and the U.S. Department of State and USAID, financial and institutional support for the JSF program is shared among these parties.

  • The tenured or similarly ranked academic position of those selected to be Jefferson Science Fellows, together with all the rights and privileges associated with that position, will be maintained by the Fellow’s home academic institution during their assignment at the U.S. Department of State/USAID.
  • During their one-year assignment at the U.S. Department of State/USAID, the salary and benefits of the Fellow will be paid by the academic institution at which the tenured appointment is held.
  • The Fellow’s home academic institution will be expected to execute a Memorandum of Understanding (JSF/MOU) with the National Academy of Sciences to document this support.
  • The Jefferson Science Fellow will be paid a stipend or per diem of up to $50,000 by the National Academy of Sciences.
  • It is expected that each Fellow will travel as part of their assignment with the U.S. Department of State/USAID. $10,000 will also be made available to the Fellow for travel associated with their assignment(s). Travel support may also be provided by the Fellow’s office or bureau.
  • Fellows will apply for a security clearance consistent with their assignment. Failure to obtain clearance within a reasonable timeframe may result in withdrawal of the fellowship offer. Click here for more information about the JSF security clearance process.
  • 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.
  • Fellows complete a final report at the end of the fellowship year to summarize accomplishments, benefits of the fellowship, future plans, and recommendations.
  • Following their JSF assignment at the U.S. Department of State/USAID, each Jefferson Science Fellow will be expected to remain available for short-term projects.