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SIAM Science Policy Fellowship Program

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) announces a new Science Policy Fellowship Program to enable post-doctoral fellows and early career researchers to be strong advocates for federal investments in applied mathematics and computational science. Three to five fellowship recipients will be selected each year to serve two-year terms that include in person and remote training; attending biannual SIAM Committee on Science Policy Meetings in Washington, DC; interfacing with federal officials; and participating in an advocacy day on Capitol Hill. 

The Science Policy Fellowship Program enables participants to gain in-depth knowledge of the policy processes that determine science funding and policy decisions while still pursuing their research and teaching. Fellowship recipients will receive training and guidance on how to effectively communicate with federal officials and congressional staff. Participants will also learn about important legislative issues as well as the federal budget and appropriations process.  Training will occur both in-person at the SIAM Committee on Science Policy Meetings as well as remotely by tele-com or webinar. Science Policy Fellowships will play an important role representing the industrial and applied math community to policy-makers in Washington, DC.

Application Deadline: September 15, 2017

Submit an application here.

Fellowship Responsibilities:

  • Attend 2 day SIAM Committee on Science Policy meetings held during the spring and fall in Washington, DC
  • Participate in training webinars on key budget and policy issues
  • Meet with lawmakers, legislative staff, and federal agency officials in Washington, DC (2 days per year)
  • Assist the Committee on Science Policy in developing policy statements and white papers to seed new federal initiatives
  • Take advantage of many networking opportunities with both peers and leaders in SIAM
  • Develop an independent policy project with guidance that will enable deeper learning on a topic of interest to the fellowship recipient and SIAM

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be a post-doc, or early career researcher
  • Be a member in good standing of SIAM
  • Have a passion for learning about public policy and an interest in being an advocate for applied mathematics and computational science
  • Have strong communication skills
  • Live in the U.S. and have a full time job (including postdoc) during the two-year fellowship term
  • Be able to commit to travel to DC twice a year (all costs paid by SIAM)

Required Materials to Apply:

  • A CV/resume (a link to an online CV will suffice)
  • Candidate statement – This statement should address why you would like to participate in the program and how it would benefit you and your career. Maximum 500 words.
  • Issue Statement – This statement should describe one policy issue you care about and why it is important for the future of applied mathematics and/or computational science. Maximum 500 words.
  • Applicants may be asked to interview by phone as well.

Submit your application today

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