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Deadline Nearing for AAAS Fellowship Program
AAAS invites scientists and engineerspostdocs, academics and othersto apply for one-year opportunities to participate in the policy-making process in Washington, DC. Approximately 60 AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowships will be awarded.
Application information may be found at www.fellowships.aaas.org. Applications are due 10 January.
September marked 30 years since AAAS launched this initiative that allows scientists and engineers to learn about policymaking, and to provide the US Congress with the technical expertise that underlies so much current legislation. In addition to the original AAAS Congressional Fellows program, there are now about a dozen federal agencies signed up to each host a group of fellows. The program has more than 1600 alumni. Offers of 2004-2005 fellowships will be made in the spring, and in September 2004, approximately 100 new fellows will begin their stint in the Washington area, working in the areas of general science policy, homeland security, diplomacy, environmental risk assessment, defense, health, and global security.
"AAAS sponsors these programs to provide the opportunity for accomplished and societally-aware scientists and engineers to learn more about the public policy-making process of the federal government," says Claudia Sturges, director of the fellowship programs. "Fellows are valued for their external perspectives and critical thinking skills, as well as for their technical expertise."
The fellowship programs draw scientists and engineers from the ranks of many disciplines. Candidates are invited to apply from any physical, biological or social science discipline, or from any field of engineering, or any relevant interdisciplinary field. Applicants must have a PhD, MD, DVM, or equivalent doctoral-level degree by the 10 January deadline. Individuals with a master's degrees in engineering and at least three years of professional experience may also apply, although some programs may require additional experience. Applicants must be US citizens, and federal employees are not eligible for the fellowships.
Although the programs are generally limited to one year, some of the programs offer the opportunity to renew for a second year.
17 December 2003