[Grad-postdoc-assn] [Fwd: FYI #111: AIP State Dept. Fellowship]

Maura Hagan hagan at ucar.edu
Mon Sep 11 13:49:26 MDT 2006

>The American Institute of Physics Bulletin of Science Policy News
>Number 111: September 11, 2006
>AIP Seeks Applicants for 2007-8 State Department Fellowship
>Are you interested in the interface between science and technology
>and international issues? Just as Congress needs input from
>scientists as its decisions affect national policy on issues ranging
>from energy and climate to export controls and homeland security, so
>too does the U.S. Department of State need scientific and
>technological expertise as it addresses such issues in the context
>of the nations foreign policy. Through its State Department
>Science Fellowship program, the American Institute of Physics offers
>an opportunity for scientists to make a unique and substantial
>contribution to the foreign policy process. Information on applying
>to the AIP State Department Science Fellowship for the 2007-2008
>Fellowship term BY THE NOVEMBER 1 DEADLINE is provided below.
>Interested readers should visit our web site at
>http://www.aip.org/gov/sdf.html for more information on the program.
>What do AIP Fellows work on during their terms at the State
>Department? AIPs outgoing Fellow, Dr. Tegan Blaine, a member of
>the American Geophysical Union, spent her Fellowship working on
>sustainable development and international water issues. She managed
>programs in integrated water resources management in Ethiopia,
>Indonesia, and El Salvador, and was involved in tsunami
>reconstruction efforts in the Maldives. Blaine, who describes her
>Fellowship as an amazing introduction to the world of U.S. foreign
>affairs, will be extending her stay at the State Department as a
>Presidential Management Fellow. AIPs incoming 2006-7 State
>Department Fellow is Dr. James Dufty, a member of the American
>Physical Society. During Duftys term, he will be responsible for
>interactions with UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific
>and Cultural Organization) on natural and social science issues.
>The AIP Fellowship enables scientists to spend a year working in a
>bureau or office of the U.S. Department of State. The Fellows not
>only learn about, but become actively involved in, the foreign
>policy process, while contributing their scientific and technical
>expertise and analytical capabilities to the Department. Current
>and former AIP State Department Science Fellows have worked in the
>Bureaus of Intelligence and Research, European and Eurasian Affairs,
>Political-Military Affairs, Economic and Business Affairs,
>Information Resource Management, and Oceans and International
>Environmental and Scientific Affairs. Their portfolios have
>included topics as varied as emerging S&T issues, European and
>Russian science policy, the World Summit on Sustainable Development,
>critical infrastructure protection, export controls, use of remote
>sensing imagery, biotechnology and the safety of agricultural
>products. AIP's very first State Department Fellow, George
>Atkinson, is now the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary
>of State. AIP does not take a role in the Fellows placement, but
>does encourage its Fellows to seek beyond the traditional roles for
>scientists in the department when interviewing for an assignment, to
>broaden the reach and visibility of scientific expertise within the
>AIPs Fellowship program, the first of its kind, was established in
>2001, in response to concerns within the scientific community that
>the State Departments scientific and technical capabilities were in
>decline. AIPs Fellowship is run under the auspices of the
>Association for the Advancement of Sciences Science and Technology
>Policy Fellowships. Currently, AIP receives an annual contribution
>from the American Astronomical Society to help support its State
>Department Science Fellowship. Since 2001, several other scientific
>and engineering societies have followed AIPs lead and established
>similar fellowships in the State Department.
>AIP is now seeking applicants for the 2007-8 State Department
>Fellowship. Qualified scientists at any stage of their career are
>encouraged to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, have a PhD
>in physics or a closely related field, be members of one or more of
>AIPs ten Member Societies, and be eligible to receive an
>appropriate security clearance prior to starting the Fellowship.
>(In exceptional cases the PhD requirement may be waived for
>outstanding applicants with equivalent research experience.) Once
>selected, the Fellow will work with the State Department to arrange
>an assignment. The following materials should be submitted by mail
>or email to be considered for the Fellowship selection:
>COVER SHEET, with name, address, phone, email, U.S. citizenship, PhD
>status, AIP Member Society membership, and names of references.
>Please indicate where you learned about this program.
>LETTER OF INTENT, limited to two pages, indicating your reason for
>applying, scientific background, foreign policy interest or
>experience, and why you think you would be effective in this
>RESUME, limited to two pages, with no more than 3 to 5 major
>publications listed.
>THREE LETTERS OF REFERENCE should be submitted by those having
>direct knowledge of the applicants character, competence, and
>attributes that would make the candidate suitable for this position.
>ALL MATERIALS may be submitted by email or by mail (postmarked by
>November 1, 2006) to Audrey T. Leath at:
>AIP State Department Science Fellowship
>American Institute of Physics
>One Physics Ellipse
>College Park, MD 20740-3843
>Email: aleath at aip.org
>Please see our website at http://www.aip.org/gov/sdf.html or contact
>Audrey Leath (aleath at aip.org , 301-209-3094) if you have questions or
>need additional information.
>Audrey T. Leath
>Media and Government Relations Division
>The American Institute of Physics
>fyi at aip.org www.aip.org/gov
>(301) 209-3094

Maura Hagan
Director, Advanced Study Program
Senior Scientist, High Altitude Observatory
National Center for Atmospheric Research
Boulder, Colorado

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