AMS Congressional Fellowship
The American Mathematical Society (AMS), in conjunction with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), sponsors this 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 Fellow spends a year working on the staff of either a member of Congress or a congressional committee, working in legislative and policy areas requiring scientific and technical input.
Another important Fellowship that mathematical scientists are encouraged to apply for, at the same time as the AMS Congressional Fellowship, is the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship program. AAAS Fellows serve in Congress or in an Executive branch agency. (Note that the AAAS fellowship deadline is earlier than the AMS deadline; the AAAS application portal on their website is open June 1 - Nov 1).
The AMS Congressional Fellow will bring his/her/their technical background and external perspective to the decision-making process in Congress. Prospective Fellows must be cognizant of and demonstrate sensitivity toward political and social issues and have a strong interest in applying personal knowledge toward solutions to societal problems.
Applications are invited from individuals in the mathematical sciences. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or an equivalent doctoral-level degree by the application deadline of February 1. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Federal employees are not eligible.
For the Sept. 2023 - Aug. 2024 Fellowship year, the stipend will be US$95,824, with allowances for relocation and professional travel, plus a contribution toward health insurance.
Applications will be accepted September 1, 2022 through February 1, 2023. To apply, submit a 2-3 page statement expressing interest and qualifications for the AMS Congressional Fellowship, as well as a current curriculum vitae. Candidates should also have three letters of recommendation sent to the AMS by the February 1, 2023 deadline.
Application deadline: February 1, 2023
I wanted to find ways to utilize my mathematical skills to affect real world change, but I doubted whether any of my mathematical skills could be applied outside of academia. The AMS Congressional Fellowship has removed all of my doubts. I have learned in that past year that there is overwhelming need for mathematicians in all areas of government. The skills I have as a mathematician are highly valued in Congress and I became an integral part of a Senate office assisting in housing, economic development, and consumer protection. The Fellowship has allowed me to use my skills to help make the world a better place and I feel immensely privileged to have had that opportunity." – A.J. Stewart, AMS Congressional Fellow 2021-2022
AMS Congressional Fellows:
- 2022-23: Duncan Wright, Office of Senator Todd Young (IN)
- 2021-22: A.J. Stewart, Office of Senator Raphael Warnock (GA)
- 2020-21: Rachel Levy, Office of Senator Maggie Hassan (NH), read "Not Only a Postdoc: The AMS Congressional Fellowship in Mid- and Late-Career."
- 2019-20: Lucia Simonelli, Office of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), read "Grafting Science on Congress."
- 2018-19: James Ricci, Office of Senator Amy Klobuchar (MN), read "From the Lecture Hall to the National Mall: My Year as the AMS Congressional Fellow."
- 2017-18: Margaret D. Callahan, Office of Senator Amy Klobuchar (MN), read "Science for Policy: My Year on Capitol Hill."
- 2016-17: Catherine Paolucci, Office of Senator Al Franken (MN), read "From Campus to Congress: Navigating Policy, Procedure, and Politics as an AMS Congressional Fellow"
- 2015-16: Anthony J. Macula, Office of Rep. Jim McDermott (WA-7), read "My Year as an AMS Congressional Fellow"
- 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)