American Geosciences Institute 2017-2018 William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellowship

The AGI Congressional Geoscience Fellowship represents a unique opportunity to gain first-hand experience with the legislative process on Capitol Hill. The successful candidate will spend 12 months (starting September 1, 2017) in Washington working as a staff member in the office of a member of Congress or a congressional committee. Fellows make practical contributions to the effective and timely use of geoscientific knowledge on issues relating to the environment, resources, natural hazards, and federal science policy. 

Prospective applicants should have a broad geoscience background and excellent written and oral communication skills. Although prior experience in public policy is not necessary, a demonstrable interest in applying science to solving public problems is desirable. A Ph.D. at the time of appointment or a master's degree in engineering plus three years of professional engineering experience is required. Applicants must be one of AGI's member societies, a list of which is available on our website. 

The fellowship carries an annual salary of $68,000 relocation, and travel. Additionally, it may be possible to extend the fellowship for up to four months. Support for the fellowship is provided by an endowment through the AGI Foundation honoring William L. Fisher. 

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae with three letters of reference through our online application. For further details, please visit our website at, call (703)-379-2480, ext. 228, or email AGI is an equal opportunity employer. 

All application materials must be submitted by February 1, 2017. 

Several of AGI’s Member Societies also sponsor Congressional Science Fellowships. For further information, contact the American Geophysical Union (, the Geological Society of America (, or the Soil Science Society of America ( It is acceptable to apply to more than one society. Stipends, application procedures, and deadlines vary.