Tenured, or similarly ranked, academic scientists, engineers and physicians from U.S. institutions of higher learning, who are U.S. citizens, are eligible for selection as Jefferson Science Fellows (JSF). Each Fellow will spend one year at the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for an on-site assignment in Washington, D.C. that may also involve extended stays at U.S. foreign embassies and/or missions. All JSF assignments will be designed in consultation with regional and/or functional bureaus within the U.S. Department of State/USAID.
Since the program is a collaborative effort between the U.S. academic community, the U.S. Department of State, and USAID, financial and institutional support for the program is shared among these partners. During their one-year assignment at the U.S. Department of State/USAID, the Fellow’s salary and benefits are paid by the academic institution at which their position is held. The academic position of the Fellow, together with all the rights and privileges associated with that position, are maintained during the fellowship year. Fellows are paid a per diem of up to $50,000 to cover local living expenses (see exceptions under terms listed here) and an additional $10,000 is awarded for travel associated with their assignments at the U.S. Department of State/USAID. Additional travel support may be provided by the Fellow’s office or bureau.
While in general JSF assignments will involve providing up-to-date expertise in the rapidly advancing science, technology, engineering and medical arenas that routinely impact the policy decisions encountered by the U.S. Department of State/USAID, each Fellow will also be expected to become conversant with the functional operation of the U.S. Department of State/USAID. In doing so, the JSF program complements and enhances the existing efforts by the permanent staff within the U.S. Department of State/USAID. Following the fellowship year, the Jefferson Science Fellow will return to his/her academic career, but will remain available to the U.S. Department of State/USAID for short-term projects over the subsequent five years.
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