Applicants will be evaluated based on the following categories:
- Scientific/technical background and professional accomplishments—weighted in consideration of the applicant’s career stage.
- Communication skills—to scientific and nonscientific audiences—including writing ability, community involvement and outreach activities.
- Demonstrated public policy interest, such as through participation in policy or advocacy activities; service to professional societies and/or the broader scientific community; student government or other campus involvement (if applicable).
- Fellowship skills and abilities, including (but not limited to): capacity to work quickly, flexibly and cooperatively; experience working with individuals with diverse viewpoints; ability to work in a public environment; and strong interpersonal skills.
The 2019-2020 Fellow will have a one-year appointment beginning September 1, 2019. The Fellowship stipend will be $75,000, plus additional funds for health insurance, travel and relocation expenses to the Washington, D.C., area.
Applications must be postmarked or emailed by 11:59 pm (ET), Friday, January 4, 2019. Candidates must submit the following materials:
- A resume, no longer than two pages, providing information about educational background, professional employment, community and professional activities, public policy and legislative experience, and committee and advisory group appointments. One additional page (for a total up to three pages) should list professional publications and presentations. Resumes should be tailored to address the qualifications above.
- A statement of up to 1,000 words addressing the applicant’s interest in the Fellowship, career goals, contributions the applicant believes he or she can make as an MRS/OSA Fellow to the legislative process, and what the applicant wants to learn from the experience.
- Three signed letters of reference sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org, specifically addressing the applicant's qualifications for the fellowship as described in the "Criteria" section above. Letters of reference should be emailed directly to email@example.com by the deadline and must be in PDF format, on official letterhead and include an electronic or scanned signature. Letters of reference should not be sent by the candidate themselves. However, the candidate is responsible for ensuring the letters are received by the application deadline.
MRS/OSA applications are required to be mailed or emailed by 11:59 pm (ET), January 4, 2019, to:
Government Relations Specialist
The Optical Society
2010 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036-1023
For additional information, contact:
Government Affairs Coordinator
Materials Research Society