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In the Spotlight:

Announcement of the 2022-2023 Jefferson Science Fellows



Jefferson Science Fellows Distinguished Lecture Series


Catalyzing U.S. Higher Education to Build a Better post-Pandemic Future through Science Diplomacy

Dr. Karen Lips (JSF '16) & Dr. Esther Obonyo (JSF '15)
Science & Diplomacy

Preparing Scientists for Science Diplomacy Requires New Science Policy Bridges
Dr. Meredith Gore (JSF '16) & Dr. Karen Lips (JSF '16)
The Hague Journal of Diplomacy

Using Science-in-Diplomacy to Develop COAST
Dr. Daniel Oerther (JSF '14)
Science & Diplomacy

A Popular Fellow
Profile of Dr. Donald Friend's (JSF '19) fellowship experience


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 Fellowships as an innovative model for engaging the American academic science, technology, engineering, and medical communities in U.S. foreign policy and international development. The JSFs are administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and supported by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

The JSFs are 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 Fellows spend one year on assignment at the U.S. Department of State or USAID serving as advisers on issues of foreign policy and 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 return to their academic career bringing their expertise with them back to their institution and 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.


Status of online application:

Application and MOU deadline:
October 18, 2022 at 5 PM ET


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