Application Deadline: 
Friday, February 1, 2019

Level: Ph.D.

Spend 12 months in Washington, D.C. working as a staff member in the office of a Member of Congress or congressional committee. The William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellowship is a unique opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the legislative process and to make practical contributions to the effective and timely use of geoscience information on issues relating to the environment, resources, natural hazards, and federal science policy.

Funding for the fellowship is provided through an endowment established by the AGI Foundation to honor William L. Fisher, the Leonidas T. Barrow Centennial Chair in Mineral Resources and Professor at the John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas, Austin. For more information please see The Fisher Endowment.

The Fellow will be an employee of AGI for the duration of their fellowship with an annual salary of $68,000. The Fellow will be eligible for AGI benefits including group health insurance, and there is an allowance for relocation costs and approved travel. It may be possible to extend the fellowship for up to an additional 4 months.


Prospective applicants should have a broad geoscience background and excellent written and oral communication skills. Although prior experience in public policy is not necessary, a demonstrable interest in applying science to solving public problems is desirable. A Ph.D. at the time of appointment or a master's degree in engineering plus three years of professional engineering experience is required. Applicants must be a member of one of AGI's member societies, a list of which is available here.

Application Procedures:

Interested candidates should submit:

A cover letter - The candidate's cover letter should include an addendum listing the society memberships with membership numbers, and the names and contact information of your three references.
A statement of purpose - The statement of purpose should include your reasons for applying for this Fellowship, what you would bring to the Fellowship, and what you hope to gain from the Fellowship. It should be brief, no more than 1000 words in length.
A curriculum vitae
Three letters of reference - Letters of reference should be submitted through the reference online submission link or by regular mail
Please submit all materials as a single word document (.doc or .docx) or PDF (.pdf) using the online submission form by the deadline on February 1, 2019.

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