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Jefferson Science Fellowships (USA)

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The Jefferson Science Fellowships from The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine is an innovative model for engaging faculty in U.S. foreign policy and international development process through a one-year immersive experience at the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Open to tenured, or similarly ranked, faculty from U.S. institutions of higher learning who are U.S. citizens, Fellows are embedded at State or USAID where they become conversant in operations and processes while contributing their technical expertise to policy formulation and implementation. Faculty return with a deeper understanding of policy, diplomacy, and international development to augment their research and teaching.

A Jefferson Science Fellowship (JSF) does not provide salary or benefits while serving at the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Agency for International Development. The applicant’s academic institution will need to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Academy of Sciences to confirm institutional support for the applicant should they be selected for the fellowship. The MOU stipulates that a Fellow’s academic institution will maintain the Fellow’s salary and benefits while on the 12-month fellowship, as is often the case when tenured faculty take a sabbatical year.

Applications open on August 1 and close on October 17, 2023.

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