Public policy increasingly is determined by technical considerations. A perusal of the daily press -- from page one through the health and business sections -- illustrates that science is a major component of many issues with which Congress must grapple: global warming, energy policy, defense technologies, AIDS, pollution, communications technologies, and many, many more.
It is the aim of the APS in sponsoring the Congressional Science Fellowship to provide a public service by making available individuals with scientific knowledge and skills to Members of Congress, few of whom have a technical background. In turn, the program enables scientists to broaden their experience through direct involvement with the legislative and political processes. Fellows gain a perspective which, ideally, will enhance not only their own careers but also the physics community's ability to more effectively communicate with its representatives in Congress. Today's budget climate makes this ability of increasing importance as shrinking resources force hard choices between worthy projects.
The 2020-2021 Congressional Science Fellowship runs from September through August. Following a two-week orientation in Washington sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, incoming Congressional Fellows become acquainted with most aspects of their future work environment. Following interviews on the Hill, Fellows choose a congressional office — personal or committee staff — where they wish to serve. Fellows are expected to be capable of handling varied assignments, both technical and non-technical.
To apply, candidates should submit all required materials requested through the application website. All credentials, including the letter of intent, resume, and letters of reference must be submitted no later than December 15, 2019. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.
Required application materials:
Letter of Intent, providing information regarding:
Reason for applying
Scientific training and professional background
Public policy interest and experience
Qualities and experience that would make the applicant effective in this position.
Resume, limited to two pages, plus one additional page for a publications list.
Three Letters of Reference from those having direct knowledge of the applicant's character, professional competence, and attributes which would particularly qualify the candidate to serve in this capacity.
Developing a clear, comprehensive and competitive application takes significant time.
Start early and contact references as soon as possible.
It is the full responsibility of the applicant to check the status of materials submitted and ensure all materials, including letters of recommendation, are received by the December 15 deadline.
Qualifications include a Ph.D. in physics or a closely related field, a strong interest in science and technology policy, and, preferably, some experience in applying scientific knowledge toward the solution of societal problems. APS membership is required to receive an APS fellowship.
The fellowship program seeks candidates with outstanding qualifications. In exceptional cases, the Ph.D. requirement may be waived for applicants with compensating experience.
Completed files received by the December deadline will be forwarded to the APS fellowship selection committee, which will choose, normally by mid-March, several finalists to be invited to Washington for personal interviews in early spring. At that time, APS will each select a winning candidate for the upcoming fellowship term.
Following their year on the Hill, APS Congressional Fellows are invited to serve a one-year term on the Physics Policy Committee (PPC) and the Panel on Public Affairs (POPA).
Additional Salary Information: An allowance for relocation, professional travel, and health insurance premiums is also offered.
About American Physical Society
The American Physical Society (APS) is a nonprofit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy, and international activities. APS represents over 55,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories, and industry in the United States and throughout the world. Society offices are located in College Park, MD (Headquarters), Ridge, NY, and Washington, D.C.