OSA - Partner Society of S&T Policy Fellowships

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Society Name:

Optical Society of America (OSA)

Contact Information:

Brandy Dillingham
Optical Society of America
2010 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-416-1409
Web site: www.osa.org/congressionalfellowships

Application/Candidate/Citizenship Requirements:

Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent doctoral-level degree and be a member of one of the sponsoring societies (OSA, MRS, SPIE). Candidates should also have excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills as well as a demonstrable interest in public policy

Number of Fellows Selected:

Two – one jointly sponsored with the Materials Research Society (MRS) and the other jointly sponsored with The International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE)

Type(s) of Fellowship Offered:


Year Fellowship was Established:

MRS/OSA: 1995
OSA/SPIE: 1999

How to apply:

Send the application materials below to:

Sarah Cogan
Optical Society of America
Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow Program
2010 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036-1023

  1. A resume, no longer than two pages, providing information about educational background, professional employment, community and professional activities, public policy and legislative experience and committee and advisory group appointments plus one additional page for professional publications and presentations.

  2. Statement of up to 1,000 words addressing the applicant's interest in the fellowship, career goals, contributions the applicant believes he/she can make as a Fellow to the legislative process and what the applicant wants to learn from the experience.

  3. Three signed letters of reference, specifically addressing the applicant's ability to work on Capitol Hill as a special legislative assistant. Letters of reference should be emailed directly to scogan@osa.org by the reference and must be in PDF format, on official letterhead and include an electronic or scanned signature. Letters of reference should not be sent by the candidate themselves.

Deadline: First Friday in January