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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.

January 1, 2019Applications process opens
May 1, 2019Applications and all required items are due to ANS headquarters no later than the deadline by 11:59 p.m.
May 2019Finalists notified 
June 9-13, 2019In–person interview at the ANS Annual Meeting in Minneapolis – Fellow selected
Fall 2019AAAS Fellow orientation in Washington, D.C.
Nov 17-21, 2019ANS Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C.
January 1, 2020Term begins in Washington, D.C.

"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 August/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 a minimum of two years prior to application deadline;
  • May not be a federal government employee at the start of the Fellowship.

Must fulfill one of the following at minimum before Fellowship start date of January 1:

  • a Ph.D. from an accredited program in the field of applicable sciences, or a field of engineering; in a nuclear-related discipline and at least one year of relevant experience;
  • a master's degree in engineering from an accredited program with three years of professional engineering-related experience (either pre- or post- master's degree)
  • Any flexibilities in the selection criteria is at the sole discretion of the Committee.

To apply for the ANS Congressional Fellowship you must submit the following information in a Word, PDF or other compatible format to before the stated 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. All parts of the application, including letters of recommendation must be received no later than the May 1 deadline.

American Nuclear Society
555 North Kensington Avenue
La Grange Park, IL 60526
Attn: Congressional Fellow Application

"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, Ph.D. (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.

  • 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.

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.


  • 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:

ANS Congressional Fellows

2019Alyse M. Huffman
2018Dr. Charles "Chip" Martin
2017Levi W. Patterson
2016Benjamin Reinke
2015Jeremy Pearson
2014Harsh S. Desai
2013Vincent J. Esposito
2012Chad J. Boyer
2011Erin Alexander
2010Sarah G. Leversee


Matthew D. Milazzo
2007David B. Barber
2006Robert J. Finch
2005Eric P. Loewen
2004Mario Robles, Jr.
2003Timothy E. Valentine
2002John F. Kotek
2001Howard C. Shaffer, III
2000Joseph A. Green

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