AMS Congressional Fellowship

Eligible applicants are invited to apply for the 2020-21 AMS Congressional Fellowship. A Fellow spends a year working on the staff of a Congress member or on a congressional committee, assisting in legislative and policy areas that require scientific and technical input.

The American Mathematical Society (AMS), in conjunction with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), sponsors the fellowship. It includes an orientation on congressional and executive branch operations, and a year-long seminar series on issues involving science, technology and public policy.

The AMS Congressional Fellowship is part of the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship program, which provides a unique public policy learning experience, demonstrates the value of science-government interaction, and brings a technical background and external perspective to the Congressional decision-making process.

Prospective Fellows must demonstrate expertise in an area of mathematical sciences; possess a good scientific and technical background; understand and demonstrate sensitivity toward political and social issues; and, most importantly, display a strong interest and some experience in applying personal knowledge toward solving societal problems.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, holding a Ph.D. in mathematics by the application deadline. Federal employees are not eligible. An AMS Fellowship Committee makes the selection. February 15 is the annual application deadline.

For the Sept. 2020 - Aug. 2021 Fellowship year, the stipend will be US$81,548, with allowances for relocation and professional travel, plus a contribution toward health insurance.

To apply, submit a statement expressing interest and qualifications, and a current CV, and arrange for the AMS to receive three letters of recommendation by Feb. 15, 2020.

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Next application deadline: February 15, 2020

Dr. Margaret D. CallahanAs an AMS Congressional Fellow, I have had the unique opportunity to bring objective scientific rigor, creativity, and a passion for public service to the solving of complex problems facing our nation. I have been able to actively participate in the legislative process while learning to navigate the nuances of policy-making.

— Margaret Callahan AMS Congressional Fellow 2017-18

AMS Congressional Fellows:

  • 2014-15: Boris Granovskiy, Office of Senator Al Franken (MN)
  • 2013-14: Karen Saxe, Office of Senator Al Franken (MN) see AAAS article and read "My Year in the United States Senate"
  • 2012-13: Carla D. Cotwright-Williams, Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee
  • 2011-12: Richard Yamada, Office of Senator John Boozman (AR), read "My Year on Capitol Hill: 5 Lessons I Have Learned"
  • 2010-11: Hugh MacMillan, Office of Senator Robert Menendez (NJ)
  • 2009-10: Katherine Crowley, Office of Senator Al Franken (MN)
  • 2008-09: James Rath, Office of Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (TX)
  • 2007-08: Jeffry Phan, Office of Senator Jeff Bingaman (NM)
  • 2006-07: Daniel Ullman, House Science Committee, read "What Does an AMS Congressional Fellow Do?"
  • 2005-06: David Weinreich, Office of Rep. Robert Andrews (NJ)