Jefferson Science Fellowship Program

Recognizing that knowledge of state-of-the-art science, technology, and engineering (STE) is essential to the formulation and implementation of U.S. government policy, The Secretary of State announced the Jefferson Science Fellowship (JSF) program that is administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The JSF Program is open to tenured, or similarly ranked, faculty from U.S. institutions of higher learning who are U.S. citizens. The fellowship awards play an important role in the career development of doctoral and postdoctoral researchers and scholars for the academic, federal, industrial and international workforce.Fellows are paid a per diem of up to $50,000 to cover local living expenses (if relocating to Washington, D.C.) and an additional $10,000 is awarded for travel associated with their assignments at the U.S. Department of State or USAID.

The Secretary of State is a senior official of the federal government of the United States of America, and as head of the U.S. Department of State is principally concerned with foreign policy and is considered to be the U.S. government’s equivalent of a Minister for Foreign Affairs. The three Academies work together as the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The National Academy of Sciences was established in 1863, The National Academy of Engineering was established in 1964, and The National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) was established in 1970.


Eligible applicants will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be a scientist, technologist, engineer, or physician holding a tenured or similarly ranked academic appointment at a U.S. college or university
  • If awarded, the candidate must successfully complete and maintain security clearances at the U.S. Department of State/USAID
  • Applicant’s academic institution must sign a Memorandum of Understanding ( with the National Academy of Sciences in order to be considered as a finalist
  • Stature, recognition, and experience in the national and international scientific, technical or engineering community.
  • Ability to rapidly and accurately understand scientific advancements outside his or her discipline area and to effectively integrate this knowledge into international policy discussions.
  • Ability to identify and articulate relevant science and technology issues to non-specialist audiences.
  • Interests and experiences that are applicable to informing or advancing policy discussions and processes at the U.S. Department of State or U.S. Agency for International Development.
  • Those individuals offered Jefferson Science Fellowships must successfully complete and maintain security clearances required for them to undertake their duties within the U.S. Department of State or USAID.

How to Apply:

To apply, the applicant can submit online application go through the given link:

Supporting Documents:

A complete application package should be completed online and will include the following components:

  • Curriculum Vitae (limit 10 pages)
  • Statement of Interest (1-2 pages)
  • Two Essays (page limits indicated below)
  • Letters of Recommendation (minimum of 3, maximum of 5)
  • Letters of Nomination

Submitting Details:

Letters of Recommendation and Letters of Nomination may be submitted by the applicant or the letter writer and should be sent as pdf attachments to

Financial Aid and Award Money:

  • The Jefferson Science Fellow will be paid a stipend per Diem of up to $50,000 (if relocating to Washington, D.C.).
  • A travel budget of $10,000 is provided through the National Academy of Sciences and supplemental travel funds are provided by the Fellow’s bureau or office.
  • Under the JSF MOU, the Fellow’s home institution will be responsible for all salary and benefits due to the Fellow during that academic year.

Application Deadline:

Application opens on August 1, 2017, and will close on October 31, 2017. Deadline for completed MOUs is October 31, 2017.

Link for More Information:

Contact Information:

If you have any question, contact directly to or call 202-334-3478.

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