You must be wondering …
What's policy entrepreneurship?
Policy entrepreneurship — the nimble staffing of ideas, diversely sourced and mapped to customer needs, in the pursuit of high-leverage impact — is the core theory of change behind the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), Institute for Progress (IFP), and Lincoln Network. By employing this ethos over the last two years, FAS has activated a community to seed ideas for over $2.5B in new federal science and technology initiatives. In just a few months after launch, the Institute for Progress has already mobilized a new energetic, change-oriented, yet non-policy driven community to begin distilling their ideas into actionable steps for policymakers. The Lincoln Network has focused on building S&T policy capacity in government, leading to a new legislative branch technology assessment program, new modernization initiatives, increased resources for expert staff in key offices, committees, and agencies, as well as other reforms. And we’re just getting started.
What does "early-career" mean?
We’re interested in individuals who are early in their career arc. Applicants must be graduating seniors or students who have graduated during the last three academic years (includes masters programs).
What kind of work will I be doing?
As an Endless Frontier Fellow you will play a substantive, often self-directed role in shaping the ideation, development, and implementation of high-leverage science & technology policy ideas, broadly defined. These could include education or evidence-based policymaking, as well as emerging technology topics on quantum computing, artificial intelligence, the bioeconomy, and high-skilled immigration. You’ll be asked to generate your own policy memos as well as work closely with a range of external experts to transform their ideas into actions — whether that be organizing high-leverage convenings with White House personnel, engaging key congressional staffers, or shaping the implementation of passed legislation at agencies. For a better sense of what we work on and why, check out our websites at fas.org, progress.institute, and lincolnpolicy.org.
How much will I get paid?
You will receive a one-year salary of $60,000 with a full benefits package.
Can you share more about the fellowship's commitment to DEI?
Diversity, equity, and inclusion is a large part of why this fellowship was started. At present, the science and technology policy community stands to gain tremendously from uplifting underrepresented voices — and yet this will not happen unless pathways are expanded beyond our traditional organizations. We believe this fellowship is an opportunity to intentionally expand such pathways. As a result, fellows have direct access to organizational leadership and throughout should feel empowered to voice any DEI or otherwise related concerns to the people who can and will do something about it!
What does mentorship mean to you?
Career decisions can be quite stressful, which is why mentorship is the most important facet of the Endless Frontier Fellowship. Our organizations will not take your decision to become a Fellow lightly; we will actively invest in your success as a reflection of ourselves. Your project leadership will challenge you with growth opportunities, offer tailored constructive feedback, introduce you to an expansive network, and offer you-centric advice for whatever comes next — whether that be staying at one of our host organizations or going elsewhere.
Do I need to have a traditional STEM degree to apply?
No. We are interested in both technical and non-technical talent, as long as you can demonstrate your interest in a relevant field.
Do I need to be in Washington, DC?
Yes. While we recognize this may induce barriers to some applicants, we believe the full fellowship experience requires being in-person at our host organizations. To reduce any barriers, we are offering $500 for relocation costs.
When is the application deadline?
We will collect responses until May 16th, 2022 at 11:59pm EST. For a full timeline of the application, please visit the application page.
How will my application be judged?
We provide more detail on the application page.
Can I submit an unofficial transcript?
Yes. Official and unofficial transcripts will be judged the same.
Can I submit separate applications for each organization?
No, we will judge the first application we receive and discard any duplicates.
If I am selected, what is the guarantee I’ll join the host organization of my choice?
We take your responses seriously and factor them into the decision, but ultimately it is up to the organization’s leadership to accept which applicant they’d like to host. If selected as a finalist, you will have an opportunity to meet with each host organization to determine whether or not they are a good fit for you and vice versa.
How will interviews be held?
Interviews will be held virtually. We will notify you directly if you’ve been selected for an interview and provide further instructions then.
Must I be a U.S. citizen?
Maybe – if you are attending a university in the United States, you do not need to be a citizen. However, you must be eligible to work in the United States for a full twelve months following graduation. Students on F-1 visas who are eligible to work in the United States for the full year may apply for the program. Due to work permit requirements. If you attend a participating school outside of the United States, you must be a U.S. citizen.
What happens after the fellowship?
We would encourage you to check out our “prior early-career fellows” tab on the About page to find out more about recent fellows and what they’ve pursued. Generally, we would provide mentorship and career advice during the fellowship to help you plan your next move, whether it be joining your host organization on a permanent basis, government, a startup, grad school, or somewhere else!
Will I be notified if I’m not selected?
We will do our best to notify all applicants and provide feedback, but given the range of initial interest we cannot guarantee we will be able to get to each applicant.
Which organizations are involved?
- Federation of American Scientists
- Institute for Progress
- Lincoln Network
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