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deadline: 1 Feb.
Selection Criteria

Congressional Science Fellowship

About the Fellowship

Program and Purpose

Congressional Science Fellows spend a year working as a staff member for a Member of Congress or congressional committee.

The purpose of the program is threefold:

GSA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are among more than 20 science and engineering organizations that sponsor a Congressional Fellow each year. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) coordinates the fellowship program and provides a two-week orientation program, assists with the process of finding a congressional office, and sponsors professional development activities throughout the year for all Fellows.

The 2015–2016 GSA-USGS Fellow will receive a stipend of $68,000 plus allowances for health insurance, relocation, and travel in connection with the fellowship. The period of the Fellowship is from September 2015 through August 2016. The fellow may have the option to extend the period of service through December 2016. The fellowship is funded by GSA and by a grant from the U.S. Geological Survey. Employees of the USGS are ineligible for this fellowship, but interested USGS applicants may contact AAAS or GSA for information about other programs. The fellowship is open to GSA members who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

topSelection Criteria

The program is aimed at earth scientists who:

Prospective candidates should be GSA members with a broad geoscience background and excellent written and oral communication skills. Minimum requirements are a Master's degree with at least five years professional experience or a Ph.D. at the time of appointment.

topApplication Information

The Geological Society of America will select one Congressional Science Fellow for 2015–2016. Applications are accepted from candidates in any area of the earth sciences. The selection process will be completed in late March 2015. The appointment will begin the first week of September 2015. Complete applications for the Congressional Science Fellowship must include four elements, as described below:

  1. Letter of application. A letter of application should include addresses and telephone numbers of three references (reference letters to be mailed electronically to ), the candidate's availability for a possible interview in mid-March, and how the applicant first learned of the GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellowship Program.
  2. Three letters of reference. Letters of reference should be from persons who can discuss not only the candidate's professional competence, but also other aspects or interests that would make the applicant particularly qualified to serve as a Congressional Science Fellow. Each letter should address:
    • The writer's relationship to the candidate;
    • The technical accomplishments and relative standing of the candidate among his/her peers;
    • The candidate's interest and experience in applying his/her expertise to the solution of societal problems;
    • The candidate's ability to communicate, both orally and in writing, and to interact productively with individuals and groups;
    • The candidate's maturity and depth of judgment;
    • The candidate's professional future.
    The candidate is responsible for soliciting the required letters and for providing to those letter writers the six guidelines listed above. Letters of reference are to be mailed directly to GSA and must be received before the application deadline.
  3. Statement from the candidate about his/her qualifications and career goals. The candidate's statement should not exceed 1000 words and should cover at least the following five areas:
    • Why the fellowship is desired;
    • How the candidate is qualified;
    • What issues and congressional situations interest the candidate;
    • What role the candidate envisions as a Congressional Science Fellow;
    • What outcome the candidate hopes for relative to career goals.
  4. Complete curriculum vitae. The candidate's curriculum vitae should provide complete professional data, including publications.

Applications and letters of reference should be submitted electronically to .

Questions regarding the fellowship should be directed to:
Kasey S. White
Director for Geoscience Policy
Geological Society of America
1200 New York Avenue NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20005, USA

Deadline to apply for the 2015–2016 GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellowship: 1 February 2015.