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Jefferson Science Fellows


The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, on behalf of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will be accepting applications for the 2022 cohort of Jefferson Science Fellows (JSF). The JSF program at the U.S. Department of State and USAID was established by the Secretary of State in 2003 and serves as an innovative model for engaging the American academic science, technology, engineering, and medical communities in U.S. foreign policy and international development.

The JSF program is open to tenured, or similarly ranked, faculty from U.S. institutions of higher learning who are U.S. citizens. Fellows spend one year on assignment at the U.S. Department of State or USAID serving as advisers on issues of foreign policy or international development. Assignments are tailored to the needs of the hosting office, while taking into account the Fellows’ interests and areas of expertise. Following the fellowship year, Fellows will return to their academic career but remain available to the U.S. government as experienced consultants for short-term projects. The application period will open in early August and will close in mid-October. Qualified faculty may apply, with support from their institution as indicated in an MOU with the National Academy of Sciences and may also be nominated by their institution.

Additional details on the JSF program can be found on the NASEM website.

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Last Updated: 6/21/21