Office of Grant Writing & Publications.

National Academies' Jefferson Science Fellows Program

Office of Grant Writing & Publications

202 Jesse Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

573 882-9500 phone
573 884-8371 fax

Limited Submission Announcement

The National Academies' Jefferson Science Fellows (JSF) program at the U.S. Department of State engages the American academic science, technology, and engineering (STE) communities in the formulation and implementation of US foreign policy. Tenured academic scientists and engineers from US institutions of higher learning spend one year at the US Department of State or the US Agency for International Development (USAID) for an on-site assignment in Washington, DC, that may also involve extended stays at US foreign embassies and/or missions.

While in general JSF assignments will involve providing up-to-date expertise in the rapidly advancing STE arenas that routinely impact the policy decisions encountered by the US Department of State/USAID, each fellow will also be expected to become conversant with the functional operation of the US Department of State/USAID. Following the fellowship year, the Jefferson Science Fellow will return to his/her academic career, but will remain available to the US Department of State/USAID for short-term projects over the following five years.

Because MU is limited to two nominations each year, nominations must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 p.m., Friday, December 5, 2008. Letters of intent should include a 2-page biosketch of the nominee and a 1 to 2-page statement including what benefits the nominee hopes to derive for themselves and their university, if selected for the program, and also indicate any knowledge they might have of the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Agency for International Development and possible contributions they might make to different bureaus and offices therein.


During the one-year assignment at the Department of State, the salary and benefits of the fellow will be paid by the academic institution at which the tenured appointment is held. The Jefferson Science Fellow will be paid a per diem totaling up to $50,000 by the US Department of State to cover local living expenses for a full year. $10,000 will be made available to the fellow for travel associated with the assignment(s). Travel support may also be provided by the fellow's office or bureau.

MU Deadline:

4:00 p.m., Friday, December 5, 2008

Sponsor Deadlines:

January 15, 2009

URL for more information:

This notice is being sent to deans, directors, and chairs in health and life science disciplines. Please forward it to other faculty members who may be interested.

All limited submission announcements can be tracked by deadline via the Calendar at or by announcement date via the Limited Submissions listing at