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TERMS OF THE JEFFERSON SCIENCE FELLOWS AWARD

Upon selection, each Fellow will apply for a security clearance consistent with their assignment. Failure to obtain clearance within a reasonable time frame may result in withdrawal of the fellowship offer. Click here for more information about the security clearance process.

The Jefferson Science Fellows (JSF) program is a collaborative effort between the U.S. academic community and the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); therefore, financial and institutional support for the JSF program is shared among these partners.

  • The Fellowship year will begin in August for a 12-month assignment to an office in the Department of State or USAID. Individual start dates may vary due to security clearance timelines.
  • Placement within the Department of State and USAID in a home office is based on identified needs of the Department of State, USAID, and the preferences of the finalist through a mutual selection process.
  • A Fellow’s home institution will be expected to execute an agreement (Memorandum of Understanding) with the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) acknowledging institutional support for the individual to be selected as a Fellow.
  • A Fellow’s home institution is expected to maintain salary, benefits, rights, and privileges of their academic position during the 12-month assignment to the U.S. Department of State or USAID.
  • A Fellow from outside the Washington, DC metro area will be eligible for reimbursement of select local living expenses in the Washington, DC metro area up to a fixed amount over the 12-month period (approximately $50,000). If a Fellow is already located in the Washington, DC metro area they are not eligible to claim reimbursement for local expenses.
  • A Fellow can request host office approved travel and training. Some offices have dedicated funding for Fellows to undertake approved travel and training.
  • A Fellow will design and deliver a lecture as a part of the JSF Distinguished Lecture Series.
  • A Fellow will complete a final report at the end of the fellowship year to summarize accomplishments, benefits of the fellowship, future plans, and recommendations.
  • Following the fellowship year, the Fellow will be expected return to their academic career but can be available to the U.S. government for short-term projects.

 

 

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