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:
- contribute to more effective use of scientific and technical knowledge in government;
- provide a unique public policy learning experience and educate the earth science community about the public policy process;
- broaden the perspective of the earth science and governmental communities regarding closer interactions between scientists and policy makers.
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 2017–2018 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 2017 through August 2018. The fellow may have the option to extend the period of service through December 2018. 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.
The program is aimed at earth scientists who:
- show exceptional competence in some area of the earth sciences;
- have a broad professional background;
- are cognizant of many matters outside their area of specialization;
- have a strong interest in applying scientific knowledge toward the solution of societal problems;
- are articulate, flexible, able to work well with people from diverse professional backgrounds;
- are interested in working on a range of public policy problems;
- function well during periods of intense pressure;
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 in engineering with at least five years professional experience or a Ph.D. at the time of appointment.