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The Jefferson Science Fellowships are managed at the U.S. Department of State by the Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary (STAS) and administered by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). The JSF is a mutually beneficial, public-private partnership between the U.S. Government and academic institutions that brings tenured science, medical, and engineering professors to work at the U.S. Department of State for one year to provide high-level science and technology expertise. Fellows provide the U.S. Department of State access to scientific and technical expertise and the opportunity to leverage the broad scientific and professional networks in academia. In turn, the Fellow's home institution benefits from the insights in foreign policy and diplomacy gained by their senior faculty. Fellows may remain available as consultants to their host offices or bureaus after returning to their academic institutions.

Areas of Expertise

Fellows bring a broad range of scientific and technical expertise in areas such as physics, chemistry, information technology, life sciences, engineering, environment, agriculture, health, and social sciences. Applicants from a broad array of backgrounds and diversity of geographic, disciplinary, gender and ethnic perspectives, underrepresented groups, and underrepresented disciplines are also strongly encouraged to apply. Below is a list of some areas of expertise that align with overarching priorities of the Administration, the Secretary, and core focus areas in the Department. These are not designed to disqualify potential applicants outside of these areas but rather to highlight the expertise in greatest need to support current priorities.
  • Advanced Telecommunications
  • Climate and Sustainability (climate change, oceans, energy, water security, food security)
  • Critical Minerals
  • Cyberspace Issues
  • Economics
  • Emerging Technologies (AI, quantum, biotechnology, AR/VR, autonomy)
  • Disinformation/Misinformation
  • Global Health Security
  • Humanitarian Assistance/Migration (includes human rights, countering violent extremism)
  • Science communication
Placement at State

Applicant finalists go through a mutual selection process before being matched in functional and regional bureaus in need of their expertise and insights. The following bureaus and offices at the U.S. Department of State are among those that have offered assignments in the past to Jefferson Fellows. Note that not all offices in these bureaus are always able to host a fellow every year and new offices participate in the program for the first time every cycle. Click on the links below and scroll down the page to learn more about the bureaus and their offices. For a current list of U.S. Department of State bureaus and offices, click here

Secretary of State

Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy

Bureau of Intelligence and Research

Office of Economic Analysis (INR/EC)
Office of the Geographer and Global Issues (INR/GGI)

Executive Secretariat

Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues (S/CCI)

Office of the Global Food Security

Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator & Health Diplomacy (S/GAC)

Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance (F)

Policy Analysis (F/PA)

Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance (AVC)

Office of Verification, Planning, and Outreach (AVC/VPO)

Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation (ISN)

Office of Cooperative Threat Reduction (ISN/CTR)
Office of the Biological Policy Staff (ISN/BPS)

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM)

Office of Global Programs and Initiatives

Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights

Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO)

Office of Analysis, Planning, Programs, and Learning

Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism (CT)

Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL)

Office of International Labor Affairs (DRL/ILA)

Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL)

Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP)

Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment

Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (EB)

Division for Trade Policy and Negotiations, Agricultural Policy (EB/TPN/AG)
Division for International Communications and Information Policy (EB/CIP)
Division for Trade Policy and Negotiations, Intellectual Property Enforcement (EB/TPN/IPE)

Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR)

Office of Energy Transformation (ENR/ETR)

Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES)

Office of Conservation and Water (OES/ECW)
Office of International Health and Biodefense (OES/IHB)
Office of Science and Technology Cooperation (OES/ENV)

Office of Global Food Security

Office of the Science and Technology Adviser (STAS)


Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA)

Passport Office
Visa Office

Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS)

Countermeasures Program Division/Technical Surveillance Countermeasures Branch (DS/CMP/TSC)

Bureau of Global Public Affairs (GPA)

Office of Regional and Functional Strategy

Bureau of Information Resource Management (IRM)

Office of eDiplomacy (IRM/eDIP)

Bureau of Overseas Building Operations (OBO)

Office of Master Planning and Evaluation/Master Planning Division

Foreign Service Institute (FSO)

Office of Management Strategy and Solutions (M/SS)

Political Affairs

Bureau of African Affairs (AF)

Office of Economic Policy (AF/ERA)

Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP)

Office of Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific Island Affairs (EAP/ANP)
Office of Economic Policy (EAP/EP)
Office of Multilateral Affairs (EAP/MLA)
Office of Japan Affairs (EAP/J)
Office of Regional and Security Policy (EAP/RSP)

Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs (EUR)

Office of Central European Affairs (EUR/CE)
Office of South Central European Affairs (EUR/SCE)

Bureau of International Organizations (IO)

Office of Technical Specialized Agencies (IO/STA)

Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA)

Iraq Office (NEA/I)

Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA)

Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)

Global Public Affairs (GPA)