More than 100 exceptional U.S. IEEE members have worked on Capitol Hill as advisors to Members of Congress. These IEEE members have served on legislators’ personal staff and on Congressional Committees. Fellows must find their own placement on Capitol Hill and are expected to maintain their independence from IEEE and previous employers.
Each year, IEEE-USA sponsors government fellowships for qualified IEEE members. The Fellows — chosen by the IEEE-USA Government Fellows Committee and confirmed by our Board — spend a year living and working in Washington as advisers to the U.S. Congress and to the U.S. Department of State or U.S. Agency for International Development decision-makers. Known as Congressional Fellowships, Engineering & Diplomacy Fellowships, or Engineering & International Development Fellowships, the fellowship program links science, technology and engineering professionals with government, and provides a mechanism for IEEE's U.S. members to learn firsthand about the public policy process while imparting their knowledge and experience to policymakers.
IEEE-USA maintains its Fellows program as part of its mission to serve the public good, and as an educational program for our members. Fellows do not provide any services to IEEE-USA, other than periodic reports designed to educate other engineers about life on Capitol Hill.
The Fellowship Program has been one of the most important initiatives in good government in the past century.
Since this fellowship's inception, more than 100 U.S. IEEE members have worked on Capitol Hill as advisors to Congress, serving on the personal staff of a U.S. Senator or Representative, or the professional staff of a Congressional Committee of his or her choosing.
State Department Engineering & Diplomacy Fellowship
This fellowship program is designed to raise awareness of the value of STEM input into the public policy-making 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 policy process.
USAID Engineering & International Development Fellowship
This fellowship offers an opportunity for member of the science, technology, and engineering community to provide valuable technical expertise to USAID while learning about and contributing to the foreign policy process.
All Fellows are expected to maintain the highest levels of professionalism and ethical behavior. Fellows must ensure that they are free of influence from previous employers, employment and IEEE.
Click here for more details on the Fellows Ethics Policy and Guidelines.
Interested IEEE members may apply for one or all of the three IEEE-USA fellowships. However, applicants must submit (3) THREE separate applications, one for each fellowship. IEEE-USA will not accept a single application stating that you are interested in all three fellowships.
Be mindful of the fact that the three fellowships are very different from each other. If you are applying for more than one, you must submit separate cover letters, separate application packets, and separate reference letters for each application. Your cover letters, references, and application materials should reflect an understanding of the distinctions between the executive and legislative branch fellowships, and illustrate the experiences and qualifications that might benefit you in each fellowship.