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Glenn T. Seaborg Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowship

To fulfill the strategic goal of enhancing nuclear public policy, the American Nuclear Society (ANS) invites ANS members to apply for a one-year Washington, D.C. – based Congressional Fellowship.

As a Congressional Fellow, you will have an opportunity to work either in a U.S. Senator's or Representative's personal office or in a Senate or a House Committee, and become a direct contributor to the federal policymaking process. Along with providing Congress with expertise in nuclear science and technology, the Fellow will support other issues of importance. In return, the Fellow will gain a better understanding of how the legislative process works. Often the year as a "Beltway insider" results in a new career direction.

As the ANS Congressional Fellow, you will be one of nearly 30 scientists and engineers participating annually through the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowship Program. More than 2,000 have served as Fellows on Capitol Hill since the inception of the AAAS program in 1973. ANS initiated its program in 2000. The ANS Congressional Fellowship term runs from January through December each year.

ANS encourages members to apply now to experience the inner workings of Congress and contribute to improving understanding about nuclear issues among congressional leaders through this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Fellowship Schedule

April 1, 2015 Applications due to ANS Headquarters
April 15, 2015 Finalists notified by the Congressional Fellowship Committee
June 7-11 Finalists interviewed during ANS Annual Meeting, Fellow selected
September 1-11 AAAS Fellow orientation in Washington, D.C.
November 8-12 ANS Winter Meeting
January 1, 2016 Fellow in Washington, D.C., term begins
June 2016 ANS Annual Meeting
November 2016 ANS Winter Meeting
Senator Dianne Feinstein and Harsh Desai

"I am very grateful to the American Nuclear Society for this immense opportunity. It has been an amazing journey and a life changing experience to be advising Senator Feinstein on nuclear issues, as part of the energy, transportation, and climate change portfolios. The ANS Congressional Fellowship provides great opportunities for a nuclear professional to participate in federal policymaking and experience firsthand the intersections between federal and state policy, theoretical science, and engineered technology. The ability to understand the role policy plays in the nuclear industry is essential for future leaders."

Harsh Desai
2014 Congressional Fellow
Served in the office of Senator Dianne Feinstein in Washington, D.C.

Stipend and Travel Allowance

The Fellowship program compensates the Fellow with a $60,000 annual stipend, payable in monthly installments over 12 months, plus up to $5,000 in travel reimbursement for expenses related to attending the AAAS orientation in September prior to the official start date, and the two ANS National Meetings in June and November of the Fellowship year. Any expenses above these are the responsibility of the Fellow.

Criteria for ANS Congressional Fellow Consideration

  • Must be a U.S. citizen;
  • Must be an ANS member for at least two years;
  • Cannot be a federal government employee.

Must be fulfill one of the following:

  • a Ph.D. in a nuclear-related discipline and at least one year of experience in a nuclear field;
  • a Ph.D. in another science or engineering discipline and at least two years. experience in a nuclear field;
  • an M.S. in engineering with at least three years post-degree experience in a nuclear field.

To apply for the ANS Congressional Fellowship you must submit the following information in a Word, PDF or other compatible format to fellow@ans.org before the April 1 deadline:

  • Your Name
  • Mailing Address
  • Email Address
  • Day and evening phone numbers
  • Maximum two-page academic and professional summary
  • Maximum two-page statement of why you are applying, what you hope to accomplish, and how the Fellowship will benefit you and your employer
  • One or two letters of reference

You may also choose to mail your submission. Paperwork must be received no later than the April 1 deadline.

American Nuclear Society
555 North Kensington Avenue
La Grange Park, IL 60525
Attn: Congressional Fellow Application
Eric Loewen as a Congressional Fellow

"It was a great and unique opportunity for me. The legislation I was working on (in the office of U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) - the Energy Policy Act of 2005 - was passed into law."

Eric P. Loewen, PhD (left), ANS Past President, 2005 ANS Congressional Fellow with U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel [R-NE]

Selection Process

After an application review, the selection committee invites finalist candidates for in-person interviews during the ANS Annual Meeting in June.

Selection Criteria:

  • competence in nuclear science and technology;
  • a demonstrated ability to participate in public policy discussions;
  • a demonstrated ability in written and oral communications;
  • contributions to ANS.

Expectations

  • Attend a two-week AAAS orientation session in Washington, D.C. the September prior to start of official term.
  • Seek placement in a congressional office or committee, and begin his/her assignment in January.
  • Be responsible to the congressional office or committee where situated, in accordance with the guidelines of the AAAS Congressional Fellowship Program. Conflict-of-interest issues and supplements to the ANS stipend will be arranged with the congressional office where the Fellow is placed, and in accordance with congressional rules of ethics.
  • Write status reports on a quarterly basis to the ANS staff liaison and to the Chair of the ANS Special Committee for the Congressional Fellowship, as well as keeping the Board of Directors informed periodically.
  • Consider serving one year on the ANS Special Committee for the Congressional Fellowship after completion of the Fellowship year.
  • Consult with the staff liaison and the Chair of the ANS Special Committee for the Congressional Fellowship if any changes arise during the Fellowship, including but not limited to such issues as a proposed change in placement, or the need to terminate the Fellowship.
  • Perform full duties with utmost professionalism and expectation that the Fellowship will provide a unique learning experience in public policy and the decision-making process in Congress.

For additional information, please contact: fellow@ans.org.

ANS Congressional Fellows

2000Joseph A. Green
2001Howard C. Shaffer, III
2002John F. Kotek
2003Timothy E. Valentine
2004Mario Robles, Jr.
2005Eric P. Loewen
2006Robert J. Finch
2007David B. Barber
2008n/a
2009Matthew D. Milazzo
2010Sarah G. Leversee
2011Erin Alexander
2012Chad J. Boyer
2013Vincent J. Esposito
2014Harsh S. Desai
2015Jeremy Pearson

Last updated January 20, 2015, 2:33pm CST

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