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2 The Fellowships aim to: Educate scientists and engineers on the intricacies of federal policymaking Provide scientific and technical knowledge to support development of well-informed policies Foster positive exchange between scientists and policymakers Empower scientists and engineers to engage in policy-relevant research and other activities that addresses challenges facing society Increase the involvement and visibility of scientists and engineers in the public policy realm Create more policy-savvy scientists

3 1973-74 Congressional Fellows – the first class

4 1987-88 AAAS Fellows

5 2009-2010 AAAS Fellows

6 Fellows are required to: Hold a doctoral-level degree (PhD, MD, DVM, DSc) in any scientific or engineering discipline »Individuals with a Master’s degree in engineering & three years of post-degree professional experience may also apply Show a commitment to apply scientific or technical expertise to serve society Exhibit good communication skills, especially to non-scientific audiences Demonstrate problem-solving ability, initiative, leadership qualities, and flexibility Hold U.S. citizenship

7 Previous Experience of 2009-10 Fellows Years since earning Ph.D. »<1 year: 26% »1-5 years:48% »5-10 years:12% »10+ years:14%

8 2009-10 Fellows by Scientific Discipline

9 Age Range of All 2009-10 Fellows

10 Gender Breakdown of All 2009-10 Fellows (n=187) Craig Davies, 2005-06 Fellow at DoD; Charlene Cho, 2005-06 Fellow at NIH

11 AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship Areas Diplomacy, Security & Development Health, Education & Human Services Energy, Environment & Agriculture Congressional

12 Diplomacy, Security & Development 25-40 placements Anticipated placement opportunities: »US Agency for International Development »Department of Defense »Department of Homeland Security »Department of State »NIH Fogarty International Center »USDA Foreign Agricultural Service

13 Health, Education, & Human Services 25-40 placements Anticipated placement opportunities: »Department of Health & Human Services »Department of Veterans Affairs »National Institutes of Health »National Science Foundation »USDA Food Safety Inspection Service

14 Energy, Environment & Agriculture 25-40 placements Anticipated placement opportunities: »Department of Energy »Environmental Protection Agency »National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration »National Science Foundation »U.S. Department of Agriculture (including Forest Service)

15 Congressional 2 placements (via AAAS) Anticipated placement opportunities: »Offices of members of Congress »Congressional committees Additional Congressional Fellowships are available through more than 30 scientific society partners

16 Online Applications Due:December 15, 2009 Interviews:Early March 2010 Host offices notify AAAS:March 22, 2010 Finalist Placement Week:April 12-16, 2010 Placement Offers:May – June 2010 Finalize host arrangements:August 2010 Fellowships Begin:September 1, 2010 Fellowships End:August 31, 2011 RENEWABLE FOR UP TO 12 MONTHS SECOND YEAR CAN INCLUDE DETAIL

17 Fellowship Benefits STIPEND/SALARY: $74,000 – $95,000 (GS-12 level or higher) depending on experience or previous salary HEALTH INSURANCE: Reimbursement for Fellow and family coverage RELOCATION REIMBURSEMENT: Up to $4,000 if relocation is more than 50 miles from Washington TRAVEL/TRAINING ALLOWANCE: Up to $4,000 with prior approval of Fellowship supervisor PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Intensive orientation in September, workshops throughout the year ALUMNI NETWORK: More than 2,000 former Fellows working in DC and around the world

18 “How competitive are the Fellowships?” 2009-10 Selection Statistics PROGRAM ELIGIBLE APPS INTERVIEWS FINALISTS Congressional 145 10 1 Diplomacy 138 51 32 EEANR 145 73 65 HEHS 171 71 49 NDGS 33 21 13

19 Benefits to Host Office: Area experts to assist with office projects Knowledge base of current happenings in academia Increased network of professional contacts – academic & AAAS Placements of AAAS Fellows at NOAA: NMFS Office of International Affairs: Kiki Jenkins (2007-2009) OAR Climate Program Office: Eric Toman (2007-2008); Christine Jessup and Laura Petes (2009-2010) Office of the Undersecretary: Gabrielle Dreyfus (2009-2010)

20 Kiki Jenkins – PhD Marine Conservation, Duke University, 2006 Accomplishments: Provided needed expertise on bycatch » Office representative to the Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program Used academic contacts and knowledge of literature to: » Help implement regulations to reduce international bycatch and illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing » Help develop an International Marine Mammal Action Plan Led agency response to a petition concerning the Marine Mammal Action Plan Successfully wrote over $100K in internal and external grants to fund agency and partner projects.

21 Eric Toman – PhD Natural Resources, Oregon State University, 2005 Accomplishments: Provided needed expertise on development of climate services Staffed Climate Services Development Team Contributed knowledge of social science literature and managerial contacts at USDA Forest Service and DOI Supported USG submission to UNFCCC COP 13 (Bali) and SBSTA 28 Solicited and synthesized information across USG to draft position statement Staffed SBSTA 28 negotiations Contributed to the Scientific Assessment of the Effects of Global Change on the US Provided knowledge of literature in social sciences and terrestrial ecology

22 AAAS Fellows’ Participation in CEQ/OSTP/NOAA Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Workgroup Christine Jessup and Laura Petes are supporting the Science Workgroup Co- chair (Claudia Nierenberg, NOAA) in developing recommendations towards a National Adaptation Strategy AAAS Fellows serve as core members of the Workgroup. Their roles include: » Helping to organize and prepare for weekly Workgroup meetings » Planning dialogue sessions with city, state, regional, and federal decision- makers and managers » Contributing to Workgroup reports 5 Fellows (NOAA, EPA, USAID) participating in Science Workgroup: » Leading a large, information-gathering exercise (tapping the network of AAAS) on identifying science needs for adaptation planning » Examining the process of building adaptive capacity at multiple scales of governance

23 Laura Petes – PhD Marine Ecology, Oregon State University, 2007 Ongoing Activities: Providing expertise on linking coastal ecosystems and climate change » Writing a white paper identifying priority needs for climate change science and services necessary for building adaptive capacity in coastal ecosystems, with recommendations for the National Climate Service » Office representative to the NOAA/DOI Marine Protected Areas and Climate Change Working Group » Steering committee member for the Coastal Habitat Conservation in a Changing Climate workshop series Assisting National Integrated Drought Information System with development and implementation of an early-warning drought system for the U.S. Southeast Supported NOAA Administrator for Roger Revelle lecture (National Academies Ocean Studies Board); co-authored paper for this event

24 Christine Jessup – PhD Microbial Ecology & Evolution, Stanford Univ., 2007 Ongoing Activities: Providing expertise on linking ecosystem health, human health, and climate change » Writing a paper that identifies gaps in climate science and services related to ecosystem health and human health and offers recommendations for addressing these gaps » Developing links with internal and external partners in climate and health sector, including federal agencies such as NIH, CDC and EPA (formerly a AAAS Fellow at NIH working on climate and global health) » Launched a NOAA Climate and Health Discussion Group and associated listserv to foster discussion about climate and health within the agency and with external partners NOAA representative to new USGCRP Interagency Cross-Cutting Working Group on Climate Change and Human Health

25 Gabrielle Dreyfus – PhD Geosciences, Princeton University, 2008 Ongoing Activities: Providing analysis of NOAA research portfolio to NOAA senior leadership to support NOAA Administrator’s priority of strengthening science » Supporting Senior Science Advisor with remarks and special projects » Coordinating NSF-NOAA leadership level discussions on strengthening collaborations between the two agencies Assisting NOAA Research Council by » Participating in the preparation of the first State of NOAA Research Report » Providing logistical support for the NOAA Science workshop and conference

26 Benefits to AAAS Fellow: Exploration of government Ability to choose best match Opportunity to build relationships and learn from government peers Benefits to Academic Community: Window into the workings of government More policy-savvy members of community “Spokesperson” on how to aid policy-making through communicating science

27 Where do Fellows go after their Fellowship? Remain in public policy: 50-60% »Renew their Fellowship »Get hired by their agency or office »Work for another federal agency »Work for a professional society or think tank Return to work in the same sector: 20-25% »Return to previous position (sabbatical) »Obtain new position in the same field/sector Do something completely different: 20-25% »Move into a position in a new sector »Start a new academic degree program

28 Questions? Kira Mock at 202-326-6612 or

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