Jefferson Science Fellowship

The contribution of state-of-the-art science, technology, and engineering (STE) to the formulation and implementation of U.S. government policy, both domestic and foreign, has been recognized throughout the second half of the 20th-century as a critical element in reaching sound, comprehensive conclusions that reflect “good governance”.

Without an accurate, timely understanding of rapidly advancing STE issues, it is increasingly difficult to identify and establish sound governmental policy that effectively meets the needs of modern societies. The articulation of “accurate science for statecraft” to policy makers has become an essential element in establishing effective international relationships in the 21st century.

Recognizing this need, the Secretary of State announced, on October 8, 2003, the Jefferson Science Fellows (JSF) program at the U.S. Department of State, establishing a new model for engaging the American academic STE communities in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy.

The JSF program is administered by the National Academies and supported through a partnership between the U.S. STE academic community, professional scientific societies, and the U.S. Department of State.

Eligibility Requirements for the JSF Award
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be a scientist, technologist, or engineer holding a tenured faculty position at a U.S. college or university
  • If awarded, candidate must successfully complete and maintain security clearances at the U.S. Department of State/USAID
  • Applicant's academic institution must sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Department of State in order to be considered as a finalist.
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