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Science and Engineering Fellowship Program

AAAS Science and Engineering Fellowship Programs at National Science Foundation (NSF)


Fellows spend one year at the National Science Foundation (NSF), beginning in September 2002, learning how NSF funds science, while providing scientific, engineering, and educational input on issues relating to NSF's mission to support fundamental science and engineering research and education. AAAS/NSF Fellows will be placed in offices throughout the Foundation working on projects of mutual interest to the Fellows and the host directorate or office. Fellows will work with staff involved in planning, development, and oversight of agency programs in all fields of fundamental research including biological, computer and information, mathematical and physical, social/behavioral/economic, and geo-sciences as well as engineering and technology, education, or public, legal and legislative affairs.

Assignments may involve significant interagency, congressional or international activity, as well as involvement with the National Science Board, NSF's policy-setting body. The program includes an orientation on executive branch and congressional operations, as well as a yearlong seminar program on issues involving science, technology, and public policy. While not government officials with formal authority over such efforts, Fellows have the opportunity to advise and participate in virtually every aspect of NSF activities, including exposure to the Foundation's merit review process.


* Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral level degree at the time of application (January 2002).
* Persons with a master's degree in engineering and at least three years of post-degree professional experience may apply.
* Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
* Federal employees are not eligible.

Underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


AAAS will select and sponsor three Fellows. The fellowship stipend is $55,000. The award may be renewable for a second year. Program continuation is contingent upon the availability of funds.


January 10, 2002 - All applications must be postmarked by this date.

Application and for more information
A prospective Fellow must demonstrate exceptional competence in some area of science or engineering; have a good scientific and technical background; be cognizant of and demonstrate sensitivity toward political and social issues; and, perhaps must importantly, have a strong interest and some experience in applying personal knowledge toward the solution of societal problems. Fellows are expected to be critical thinkers who are articulate, adaptable, and able to work with a variety of people from outside the scientific and engineering communities.

Any person applying for more than one fellowship must submit a complete application for each program. Applications for each of the fellowships must include a set of the following items:
* A completed application cover form (attached or complete on-line at
* A letter of intent
* A full curriculum vitae
* Candidate statement
* A certification of accuracy and certification of citizenship (attached)
* Letters of reference

The application instructions are detailed. Students are strongly encouraged to visit the program's website for complete program and application information.

Send to:

AAAS Science and Engineering Fellowship Programs
1200 New York Avenue, NW 8th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 326-6700

For complete program information, application procedures and forms, students are encouraged to contact the program directly at the above-mentioned address and/or telephone number.

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