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In the Spotlight:

Announcement of the 2020-2021 Jefferson Science Fellows



Jefferson Science Fellows Distinguished Lecture Series


Physicists Use Scientific Skills to Improve World Through Jefferson Science Fellowships

An article featuring JSF's Dr. Steve Greenbaum, Dr. Alice Bean
and Dr. Richard Martinson
Capitol Hill Quarterly
American Physical Society publication

Jefferson Science Fellowship Experience
Dr. Stephanie Forrest's (JSF '13) Blog
Computing Community Consortium (CCC)

Tacit Diplomacy in Life Sciences
Dr. David Benson (JSF '12) & Dr. Rojer Kjelgren (JSF '12)
Science Diplomacy


The contribution of state-of-the-art science, technology, engineering, and medicine to the formulation and implementation of U.S. government policy and international development has been recognized throughout the second half of the 20th-century as a critical element in reaching sound, comprehensive conclusions that reflect “good governance.” Without an accurate, timely understanding of rapidly advancing issues in these fields, it is increasingly difficult to identify and establish sound governmental policy and international development strategies that effectively meet the needs of modern societies. 

Recognizing this need, on October 8, 2003, the Secretary of State announced the Jefferson Science Fellows (JSF) program, to serve as an innovative model for engaging the American academic science, technology, engineering, and medical communities in U.S. foreign policy and international development. The JSF program is administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and is supported by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

The JSF program is open to tenured, or similarly ranked, faculty from U.S. institutions of higher learning who are U.S. citizens. After successfully obtaining a security clearance, selected Jefferson Science Fellows spend one year on assignment at the U.S. Department of State or USAID serving as advisers on issues of foreign policy or international development. Assignments are tailored to the needs of the hosting office, while taking into account the Fellows’ interests and areas of expertise. Following the fellowship year, Fellows will return to their academic career but remain available to the U.S. government as experienced consultants for short-term projects.

Click here to learn more about JSF opportunities at the U.S. Department of State.

Click here to learn more about JSF opportunities at USAID.

Click here to view the JSF brochure.


The online application is currently CLOSED.

Application deadline:
October 16, 2020 at 5 PM ET

MOU deadline:
October 16, 2020


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