Application opens soon for Jefferson Fellowships

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, on behalf of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is pleased to announce that starting in August 2022, applications are being accepted for the 2023 Jefferson Science Fellowships (JSF).

Established by the Secretary of State in 2003, these fellowships serve as an innovative model for engaging the American academic science, technology, engineering, and medical communities in U.S. foreign policy and international development through an assignment at the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). These fellowships are open to tenured, or similarly ranked, faculty from U.S. institutions of higher learning who are U.S. citizens. After successfully obtaining a security clearance, Fellows are on-boarded at the U.S. Department of State or USAID for one year, after which, and upon mutual agreement, they remain available as experienced consultants to their host office or bureau. The JSF is a partnership that is mutually beneficial to both the government and participating universities.

Recruiting Fellows who reflect the American people is a high priority. America’s diversity is a source of strength that few countries can match. The more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible the diplomatic and international development communities are, the stronger, smarter, and more creative the response will be to the challenges of the 21st Century. ​​​

The online application will open in early August and close in mid-October.

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