Government Affairs Program

2003-2004 Congressional Science Fellowship

The American Geological Institute is accepting applications for next year's AGI Congressional Science Fellowship. The successful candidate will spend 12-16 months (starting September 2003) 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 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.

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 35 member societies, a list of which is available at

The AGI Congressional Science Fellowship carries an annual stipend of up to $49,000 plus allowances for health insurance, relocation, and travel. Funding for the fellowship is provided through the AGI Foundation.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and a curriculum vitae with three letters of reference. All application materials must be postmarked by February 3, 2003 and sent to:

AGI Congressional Science Fellowship
4220 King Street
Alexandria VA 22302-1502

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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.

Additional Information
For those seeking additional information and background on the AGI Congressional Science Fellowship, a more detailed prospectus is available on this site. The July/August 1998 issue of Geospectrum reports on Dr. David Wunsch, AGI's 1998-99 Congressional Science Fellow. Wunsch wrote three Geotimes Political Scene columns:

The Fall 1999 Geospectrum reports on AGI's 1999-2000 Congressional fellow, Dr. Eileen McLellan, who has also written several Geotimes columns: AGI's 2000-2001 fellow, Katy Makeig, wrote the following columns: AGI's 2001-2002 fellow, David Curtiss, wrote the following column:

Also available is the November 1997 Geotimes column on the fellowship entitled Congressional Fellows: Scientists in a Strange Land. A book of essays by former fellows about their experience, entitled From the Lab to the Hill, is now available in PDF format on the AAAS website.

Please send any comments or requests for information to AGI Government Affairs Program at

Last updated December 2, 2002

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