AGU is now accepting applications for the 2016–2017 AGU Congressional Science Fellowship program. The fellowship offers scientists the opportunity to work in the field of science policy in Washington, D.C. The two AGU-sponsored fellows attend an intensive two-week course on politics and the legislative process run by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) before spending one year in either the personal office of a senator or representative or on a House or Senate committee in the U.S. Congress. Fellows serve as staff members in their assigned offices, and their responsibilities may include writing legislation, preparing for congressional hearings, meeting with lobbyists and constituents, and more.
Fellows work on a wide range of issues with people from diverse professional backgrounds, so applicants should have a broad scientific background and excellent communication skills. Training or experience in public policy is not required, but applicants should demonstrate an interest in applying science to solve problems confronting society. Although the fellowship is aimed at early- to midcareer Earth and space scientists with a Ph.D., the program places no restriction on age, education level, or specific scientific background. The fellowship carries a stipend of $68,000, as well as health insurance, moving expenses, travel to AGU Fall Meeting 2016, and a work-related travel allowance.
The application opens 1 November 2015, and all submissions are due by 1 February 2016. For more information on the fellowship, application requirements, and past fellows, visit the AGU Congressional Science Fellowship page. AGU also encourages members to consider applying for a Congressional Science Fellowship with the American Geosciences Institute because AGU members are eligible for that fellowship as well.