American Geological Institute

Government Affairs Program SPECIAL UPDATE

AGI Offers 1999-2000 Congressional Science Fellowship


This update was originally sent out as an e-mail message to AGI's member societies

This announcement of the 1999-2000 AGI Congressional Science Fellowship has been sent to university geoscience departments and placed in Geotimes and a number of member society publications. Our goal in offering this fellowship is to draw on all sectors of the geoscience community. Please pass this message along to anyone who you feel might be interested. Several of AGI's member societies also sponsor congressional science fellowships. For further information on those fellowships, visit the web sites of the American Geophysical Union , Geological Society of America , or Soil Science Society of America . It is acceptable to apply to more than one society. Stipends, application procedures, timetables, and deadlines vary.


The American Geological Institute is pleased to offer a Congressional Science Fellowship for the geosciences. The successful candidate will spend a year (starting September 1999) 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 science and engineering congressional fellows 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.

Prospective applicants should have a broad geoscience background and excellent written and oral communications skills. Minimum requirements are a master's degree with 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.

The AGI Congressional Science Fellowship carries an annual stipend of up to $42,000 plus allowances for health insurance, relocation, and travel. Funding for the fellowship is provided by the AGI Foundation.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and a curriculum vitae with three letters of reference to AGI Congressional Science Fellowship, 4220 King Street, Alexandria VA 22302-1502. All application materials must be postmarked by February 1, 1998. For further details, visit the AGI web site at, call 703-379-2480, or e-mail AGI is an equal opportunity employer and especially welcomes applications from women and minorities.

Contributed by David Applegate and Kasey White, AGI Government Affairs

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Posted November 30, 1998

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