AMS Congressional Fellowship

Eligible applicants are invited to apply for the 2021-22 AMS Congressional Fellowship. The fellowship 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

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 a Congress member or on a congressional committee, assisting in legislative and policy areas that require 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)

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.

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. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Federal employees are not eligible. An AMS Fellowship Committee makes the selection. 

For the Sept. 2021 - Aug. 2022 Fellowship year, the stipend will be US$86,335, with allowances for relocation and professional travel, plus a contribution toward health insurance.

Applications accepted September 1, 2020 through February 1, 2021. 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 the February 1st deadline.

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Next application deadline: February 1, 2021

Dr. Lucia SimonelliAs a theoretical mathematician interested in working on climate change initiatives, I was unsure how to navigate from academia to policy. The AMS Congressional Fellowship offers a bridge between these two worlds, providing a unique opportunity to experience firsthand the critical role that scientists play in government. This fellowship year has not only been an invaluable learning experience about the legislative process, but it has also enabled me to better understand and appreciate the utility of a mathematician's transferable skills.

— Lucia Simonelli, AMS Congressional Fellow 2019-20

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)