still have far too few officers with strong science backgrounds, but
thanks to the National Academies and others in the scientific
community such as the American Association for the Advancement of
Science and the American Institute of Physics and the Institute of
Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a small group of scientific
fellows have joined our ranks, and their number will grow.
Scientists, volunteers have graciously put their own research on
hold, stopped their own work, their own life, to perform tours of
duty in many of the State Department's bureaus, and they are making
a real difference. And we look forward to welcoming more scientists
on to our State Department team, either as fellows or as career
Foreign Service Officers or Civil Service Officers."
of State Colin Powell
Remarks to the National Academy
seeking IEEE U.S. members who want to
spend a year working in Washington as an IEEE-USA Engineering &
Diplomacy Fellow, also known as a State Department Fellow. The fellowships run for one year, starting every September 1st.
fellowship program is designed to raise awareness of the value of
STEM input into the public policymaking process, and offers an opportunity for the fellow to provide technical
expertise to the U.S.
State Department, while learning about and contributing to the foreign
To be considered for an IEEE-USA Engineering & Diplomacy Fellowship, applicants must submit an application confirming the following basic eligibility requirements:
Applicants must be an IEEE Member (which includes those in graduate student membership status) in good standing at the time of application. Prior to beginning the fellowship, applicants must possess a Ph.D., or a Masters Degree plus five (5) years of relevant professional experience. The degree must be granted by a recognized program in a subject field that falls with the science, engineering, computer, or allied disciplines eligible for IEEE membership. In exceptional cases, the Masters or Ph.D. requirement may be waived by the Government Fellowship Committee for candidates with compensating experience.
Work experience must consist of relevant professional employment and does not include internships or student-related employment.
An applicant must be a U.S. citizen at the time of application or, at the latest, prior to selection.
An applicant must possess or be able to obtain a security clearance prior to the beginning of the fellowship.
The Government Fellows Committee considers the following factors when selecting State Department fellows:
-- length of IEEE membership,
-- technical competence and professional experience,
-- previous public service/public policy expertise,
-- basic comprehension and understanding of the public policy process,
-- evidence of service to IEEE and the engineering profession,
-- communication skills,
-- demonstrated interest in foreign policy,
-- foreign language proficiencies, and
-- overall suitability for the Fellowship.
A joint IEEE-USA and State Department committee reviews finalists, with the State Department giving final approval of the Fellow selection. The selection committee may establish additional criteria. Specifically excluded as selection criteria are age, sex, creed, race, ethnic background, and partisan political affiliations.
The Fellow does not act as a representative of
IEEE-USA during the Fellowship term, and is not considered an employee of
IEEE-USA. (See also AAAS Ethics Policy.)
APPLICATION MATERIALS & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
If you wish to
apply for an IEEE-USA State Department Fellowship, please apply
directly to IEEE-USA, using the application provided on this
page. Do not apply to AAAS for the IEEE-USA
APPLICATION DEADLINE for the
2018-2019 fellowship year is
5pm EST, Friday, 8 DECEMBER 2017.
If selected as a finalist, you will be invited to interview in-person in Washington, DC at IEEE-USA's expense. Finalists must be able to attend in person. Rescheduling the face-to-face interview is not an option.
The interviews for 2017-2018 Fellows are scheduled for:
6 & 7 February 2018 in Washington, DC. Interviews are approximately 45 minutes long
and applicants need be here for only one of those days. Scheduling will
occur at the time of notification of an interview.
If selected for a fellowship, you must spend one week in Washington - at IEEE-USA's expense - in mid-April,
participating in the Fellowship placement process coordinated by the American Association for the Advancement of
Science (AAAS) and the Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to
the Secretary of State (STAS). In addition to the opportunities
provided by the AAAS process, the STAS office will
work with you one-on-one and connect you personally with offices that
work on topics of interest to you. See the agency’s website to begin researching the agency’s structure and where you might like to work if selected. The Government Fellows Committee will often ask applicants if they've researched the agency and thought about where they may wish to work.
to beginning a fellowship in September, fellows are enrolled in a mandatory,
multi-society, two-week orientation program organized by the American
Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
PLEASE NOTE: You may apply for more than one of the IEEE-USA fellowships (Congressional, State, USAID) in any one year. However, you must submit a separate cover letter and separate supporting packages for each type of fellowship. Each letter must show your understanding of the specific fellowship. IEEE-USA will not accept one application package in which you state you are interested in all three types of fellowships. In applying for the diplomacy fellowship, you must provide a clear understanding of the role of the U.S. Department of State, along with a statement of the areas of the agency’s work that most interests you. You should also identify those areas in the State Department where you feel you would make the most significant contribution.
Please mail your application— electronically
—to Diana Librizzi at:
d.librizzi at ieee.org.
You may also send a hardcopy if you wish, but we must receive your application via e-mail by the 5pm deadline for it to be considered valid.
IEEE-USA Government Fellows
2001 L Street, NW,
Washington, DC 20036
IEEE-USA Engineering & Diplomacy Fellows must have a security clearance. Once the Fellow is selected, arrangements must be made immediately with the State Department to obtain a security clearance (if the Fellow does not already have a clearance). A security clearance currently requires a 4-6 month background check. The Fellow will be asked to complete a clearance form, provide contact information, and make various disclosures. For more information, see:
A Security Clearance...In a Nutshell (OPM)
FAQ About OPM Background Investigations (OPM)
for National Security Positions (OPM Form SF 86)
STIPEND & TRAVEL
Fellows receive a stipend of either $75,000 (for those fellows who possess both the required degrees and work experience), or $65,000 (for Post Docs and new PhDs just entering the workforce). Stipends are non-negotiable and the Government Fellows Committee retains sole discretion to determine which stipend a fellow will receive based upon an applicant's experience and education. For more details, please review the Policies and Procedures.
IEEE-USA provides an additional supplementary allowance of $5,000 to each fellow for travel and relocation expenses; this may be incorporated into the stipend if desired. The Fellows or their employers - if applicable - are responsible for the balance of salaries, benefits (including health insurance), and all other expenses.
Payment of the Fellowship stipend is contingent upon the Fellow's receipt of an appropriate security clearance, participation in the AAAS orientation, and reaching agreement with the State Department on a suitable assignment.
When making arrangements to supplement the
Fellowship stipend through a continued salary from an employer, applicants must consider potential conflicts of
In an October 1999
the National Research Council concluded that, "the Department [of
State] needs the capability to understand how technological factors
influence political and economic developments." In its 15 May 2000
response, the State Department recognized, "the growing significance
of science and technology based issues in foreign policy and is aware that
this trend will continue and accelerate. The Department is determined to
do what is necessary to respond to this challenge and to meet its
responsibilities in this area."
State Department Science & Technology Adviser reached out to IEEE-USA and other
science and engineering societies for help in building its S&T expertise; the result is the IEEE-USA's Engineering and
Diplomacy Fellowship program.