SPECIAL UPDATE: AGI's 2006-2007 Congressional
This update was originally sent out as an e-mail message to AGI's
The American Geological Institute is accepting applications for next
year's William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellowship. The
successful candidate will spend 12 months (starting in September 2006)
in Washington working as a staff member in the office of a member
of Congress or a congressional committee. The fellowship represents
a unique opportunity to gain first-hand experience with the federal
legislative process and make practical contributions to the effective
and timely use of geoscientific knowledge on issues relating to the
environment, resources, natural hazards, and federal science policy.
The postmark deadline for 2006-2007 fellowship applications is February
The AGI Fellow will join more than two dozen other scientists and
engineers for an intensive orientation program on the legislative
and executive branches, organized by the American
Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), which also
guides the placement process and provides educational and collegial
programs for the fellows throughout the year.
The Fisher Endowment
Funding for the fellowship is provided through an endowment recently
established by the AGI Foundation to honor William L. Fisher, the
Leonidas T. Barrow Chair in the Department of Geosciences and the
director of the John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences
at the University of Texas, Austin. For three decades, as director
of the Bureau of Economic Geology, Fisher was the state geologist
of Texas. At the national level, Fisher served as Assistant Secretary
of the Interior for Energy and Minerals under President Ford. Over
several administrations, he has been an advisor to the President and
to the Secretaries of Energy and the Interior, and he has chaired
numerous National Research Council committees and boards. For more
on Fisher and the endowment, please see the column "Endowing
the AGI Congressional Fellowship" in the October 2003 Geotimes.
Also available is a press
release announcing the endowment.
Qualifications and Application Procedures
Prospective applicants should have a broad geoscience background and
excellent written and oral communications skills. Minimum requirements
are a master's degree with at least three years of post-degree work
experience or a Ph.D. at the time of appointment. Although prior experience
in public policy is not necessary, a demonstrable interest in applying
science to the solution of public problems is desirable. Due to the
nature of the position, preference will be given to applicants who
are US citizens or permanent residents. Applicants must be a member
of one of AGI's 44 member societies, a list of which is available
The fellowship carries an annual stipend of up to $49,000 plus allowances
for health insurance, relocation, and travel.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and a curriculum
vitae with three letters of reference. All application materials must
be postmarked by February 1, 2006 and sent to:
William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellowship
American Geological Institute
4220 King Street
Alexandria VA 22302-1502
For more information about the fellowship, visit the Government Affairs
website at www.agiweb.org/gap or
send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
AGI is an equal opportunity employer and especially welcomes applications
from women and minorities.
Other Fellowship Opportunities
Several of AGI's Member Societies also sponsor Congressional Science
Fellowships. For further information, contact the American
Geophysical Union, Geological
Society of America, or Soil
Science Society of America. AAAS
itself also offers a number of fellowships for both Congress and the
executive branch. It is acceptable to apply to more than one society
and fellowship. Stipends, application procedures, eligibility, timetables,
and deadlines vary.
Update prepared by Katie Ackerly, AGI Government Affairs Program
Please send any comments or requests for information to the AGI
Government Affairs Program.
Posted November 22, 2005