Apply for the ANS Congressional Fellowship for 2022

March 22, 2021, 12:31PMANS News

To fulfill the strategic goal of enhancing nuclear public policy, the American Nuclear Society invites its members to apply for the Glenn T. Seaborg Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowship. Applications and supporting documents for the 2022 fellowship are due to ANS no later than 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on Sunday, May 2. The one-year term begins on January 1, 2022.

What it is: 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.

The program compensates the Fellow with an $80,000 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.

What you’ll do: As the ANS Congressional Fellow, you will have an opportunity to work either in a U.S. senator's or representative's personal office or on 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.


Take it from a Fellow: “Serving as the American Nuclear Society’s Congressional Fellow has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career,” said Bradley J. Williams, the 2020 Congressional Fellow. “There is absolutely nothing like working for Congress. The atmosphere is electric. The hallways and offices are filled with enthusiasm and passion. It’s a place where you can make meaningful change. As part of the AAAS program, ANS Fellows are highly regarded as science and technology experts whose opinions are valued. For many, this fellowship serves as a springboard into a rewarding policy career. But even if policy isn’t your passion, having the opportunity to understand policy and the role science and technology plays in it, is something that can also enhance your technical work. I highly recommend this opportunity to anyone looking to grow.”

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