AIP Invites Fellowship Applications

 Would  you like to experience foreign policy from an insider's perspective?   The American Institute of Physics is  accepting applications for our 2012-13 State Department science fellowship term.  Applications are due November 1.  Most  of the foreign policy issues faced by the U.S. Department of State have a  scientific or technical component.   Through its State Department Science Fellowship program, the American  Institute of Physics offers an opportunity for scientists to make a substantial  contribution to the foreign policy process by spending one year working at the  U.S. State Department. In turn, scientists broaden their experience by  interacting with policymakers in the federal government and learning about the  foreign policy process.  The  American Astronomical Society generously provides an annual contribution to the  AIP State Department Science Fellowship. Previous  AIP State Department Fellows have worked on topics as varied as critical  infrastructure protection, export controls, biotechnology and the safety of  agricultural products, European and Russian science policy and the World Summit  on Sustainable Development.  AIP's first  State Department Fellow, George Atkinson, subsequently served for several years  as the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State.  Qualified  scientists at any stage of their career are encouraged to apply. Applicants  must be U.S. citizens, have a PhD in physics or a closely related field, be  members of one or more of AIP's ten Member Societies and be eligible to receive  an appropriate security clearance prior to starting the Fellowship. (In  exceptional cases the PhD requirement may be waived for outstanding  applicants.) Final interviews will take place early in 2012 and the 12-month  Fellowship term will begin in late August or early September 2012. 


Benefits  include:
 •  Stipend of $70,000 per year
 •  Relocation allowance
 •  Allowance for in-service travel for professional development
 •  Reimbursement for health insurance premiums up to specified maximum.


For  more information on AIP's State Department Fellowship program and application  instructions, please visit our website


Application materials include a letter of intent and resume as well as  three letters of recommendation.   Developing a clear, comprehensive and competitive application takes  significant time.  We encourage  applicants to start early and contact your references as soon as possible.  AIP's  Fellowship program, the first of its kind, was established in 2001 to help  enhance the scientific and technical capabilities of the State Department.  AIP's Fellowship is run under the auspices of the American Association for the  Advancement of Science's Science and Technology Policy Fellowships. AIP does  not take a role in the Fellow's placement, but does encourage its Fellows to  seek opportunities beyond the traditional roles for scientists in the  department when interviewing for an assignment, to broaden the reach and  visibility of scientific expertise within the Department. 


Contact: Jennifer Greenamoyer
 American Institute of Physics
 Sr. Government Relations Liaison/Fellowship Coordinator
 [email protected]


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