Engineering & Diplomacy Fellowship Application Info
If you wish to apply for the IEEE-USA State Department Fellowship, please apply directly to IEEE-USA using the application linked to this page. Do not apply to AAAS for the IEEE-USA Fellowship.
IMPORTANT NOTE: While you may apply for more than one of the IEEE-USA fellowships (Congressional, State, USAID) in any one year, you must be sure to submit a completely separate cover letter and separate supporting packages for each type of fellowship. Each of your statements of intent and reference letters must carefully illustrate your understanding of the specific type of fellowship for which you are applying. These cover letters illustrate to the selection committee your understanding and awareness of the distinctions between the responsibilities of legislative and executive branch personnel. IEEE-USA will not accept one application package in which you state you are interested in all three types of fellowships. Additionally, before you apply for a State Department fellowship, please consider whether or not you think you will be able to obtain a U.S. Government security clearance. Ability to obtain a security clearance is a prerequisite to working as a State Department fellow. If a fellow fails to obtain the necessary clearance, the fellowship will be rescinded and all stipend funds, if issued, must be returned to IEEE-USA. If you have any questions about the process, this website provides additional information: https://www.state.gov/security-clearances
In applying for the State Department fellowship, you must provide a clear understanding of the role of the U.S. Department of State in foreign policy, 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.
If selected as a finalist, you will then be invited for an interview. Interviews may be virtual or in-person, may not be rescheduled, and must occur on one of the specified days. You will be notified of your interview date if you are selected to advance to the interview stage.
If selected for a State Department 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.
Submit your application ELECTRONICALLY, by the stated deadline, to Kayla Henneberry at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to specify your name, member number, mailing address, daytime phone number, and e-mail address. We must receive your application via e-mail by the 5pm deadline for it to be considered valid.