Since 1973, more than 120 exceptional U.S. IEEE members have worked in Washington as advisors to Members of Congress and federal agencies.
Each year, IEEE-USA sponsors three or four government fellowships for qualified U.S. 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. 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 the fellowship experience.
The Fellowship Program has been one of the most important initiatives in good government in the past century.
This program enables IEEE members to work 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, if applying for 2 or 3 fellowships, applicants must submit 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.
Government Fellows Committee
The mission of IEEE-USA's Government Fellows Committee is to develop and maintain an effective government fellowship program to utilize the knowledge and expertise of IEEE's U.S. members to provide timely advice and assistance to the U.S. government, and to assist the education of the IEEE's U.S. membership and the public on technology matters relating to public policy. The committee reports to the IEEE-USA Board of Directors through the IEEE-USA Vice President of Government Relations.
The IEEE-USA President appoints US-based IEEE members to serve individual three (3) year terms. Additionally, representatives of the US Department of State and the US Agency for International Development participate in the selection and interviews of the executive branch fellows.
Government Fellows Committee
Rebecca Taylor, Austin, TX (Chair)
Jonathan Rayner, Washington, DC
Tom Tierney, Los Alamos, NM
Peter Winokur, Washington, DC
Terry Wong, San Francisco, CA
Yan Zheng, Washington, DC
David Goldston, Washington, DC (Congressional Fellowships Advisor)
Jay Greenberg Eddystone, PA (IEEE Region 2 Liaison)
Erica Wissolik, staff
GFC typically meets twice a year; a teleconference meeting to review applications and select Fellowship finalists, and a regular meeting to interview the finalists and recommend the Fellowship recipients.
- 14 December 2020 - 5PM EST Application deadline for the 2021-2022 fellowship applications
- (TBD) January 2021 - Committee teleconference to review applications and select eligible candidates for in-person interviews.
- 4-5 February 2021 - Interviews of Fellows applicants in Washington, DC
- 4 February 2021 - Annual dinner for Government Fellows Committee and current government fellows
Program Manager, Government Activities
Government Fellows Committee Chair
Rebecca (Becky) Taylor
From IEEE-USA InSight
- Engineering “The Innovation Station” at the U.S. Department of State
- Reflecting on One Exceptional, Partly Virtual Year on Capitol Hill
- A Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity: IEEE-USA Government Fellowships
- What I Did for My Academic Year Sabbatical: IEEE-USA Engineering & Diplomacy Fellowship
- My Year on The Hill as an IEEE-USA Congressional Fellow
- 2017-2018 Government Fellowships: A Formative Experience