The American Mathematical Society (AMS), in conjunction with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), sponsors a Congressional Fellow each year who spends the year working on the staff of a Member of Congress or a congressional committee, working as a special legislative assistant in legislative and policy areas requiring scientific and technical input. The program includes an orientation on congressional and executive branch operations, and a year-long seminar series on issues involving science, technology and public policy.
The AAAS Science & Technology Fellowship program is designed to provide a unique public policy learning experience, to demonstrate the value of science-government interaction, and to bring a technical background and external perspective to the decision-making process in the Congress.
Prospective Fellows must demonstrate expertise in some area of the mathematical sciences; have a good scientific and technical background; be cognizant of and demonstrate sensitivity toward political and social issues; and, most importantly, have a strong interest and some experience in applying personal knowledge toward the solution of societal problems.
Eligible applicants are individuals in the mathematical sciences with a Ph.D. or an equivalent doctoral-level degree in the mathematical sciences by the application deadline (February 15). Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Federal employees are not eligible. An AMS Fellowship Committee will select the AMS Congressional Fellow.
Applications are invited for the 2018-19 AMS Congressional Fellowship. The stipend for the Fellowship from September 2018 to August 2019 is US$79,720 for the fellowship period, with allowances for relocation and professional travel and a contribution towards health insurance.
To apply, candidates must submit a statement expressing interest and qualifications for the AMS Congressional Fellowship, as well as a current curriculum vitae. Candidates should also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to the AMS by the February 15, 2018 deadline.
DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: FEBRUARY 15, 2018
"I am very grateful to the AMS for funding the Fellowship and to the AAAS for the program support. It was an enriching experience, and I feel that I am a better citizen scientist, with a deeper understanding of policy and advocacy, because of it."
— Anthony J. Macula, AMS Congressional Fellow 2015-16
Previous AMS Congressional Fellows:
2017-18: Margaret D. Callahan, Office of Senator Amy Klobuchar (MN)
2016-17: Catherine Paolucci, Office of Senator Al Franken (MN)
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, House Science Committee, 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)