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The McClure Center values its role in expanding opportunities to get involved in public policy for students — from undergraduates to postdoctoral. The center also values its role in connecting faculty to opportunities that relate their research to public policy. One way to do this is by linking students and faculty on sabbatical to internships, jobs, and research opportunities.

Undergraduate students

Deadline: July 13, 2018
Fall Internship, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States (KICUS) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
KICUS seeks an intern with an interest in, coursework related to, and/or experience working on China and the United States. This internship is part-time (15-20 hours/week) and is unpaid. However, students may arrange to receive academic credit for their internship through their university. These internships are designed to provide the individuals selected with the opportunity for practical experience in an environment that successfully mixes academic study with public policy.
Application details .

Deadline: Rolling
The University of Idaho Office of Undergraduate Research offers a variety of competitive funding resources, including research grants, summer-specific funding, and travel grants.
Learn more here.

Graduate and professional students

Deadline: July 13, 2018
Fall Internship, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States (KICUS) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
KICUS seeks an intern with an interest in, coursework related to, and/or experience working on China and the United States. This internship is part-time (15-20 hours/week) and is unpaid. However, students may arrange to receive academic credit for their internship through their university. These internships are designed to provide the individuals selected with the opportunity for practical experience in an environment that successfully mixes academic study with public policy.
Application details .

Postdoctoral fellowships

Deadline: September 7, 2018
NatureNet Science Fellowship, The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy is pleased to solicit applications for the NatureNet Science Fellowship a trans-disciplinary postdoctoral fellowship and research grant program. The NatureNet Science Fellows program bridges academic excellence and conservation practice to create a new generation of climate change leaders who combine the rigor of academic science with real-world application. The outstanding early-career scientists in this two-year postdoctoral program differ from other postdocs in two major ways: (1) they have prioritized improving and expanding their research skills— directing their efforts towards problems at the interface of climate, conservation, business, technology, and people; and (2) they are committed to their professional development—  participating and applying trainings designed to improve skills in science communication, working-group facilitation, and leadership. The call for applications features two post-doctoral opportunities. Read the Eligibility and Award Terms carefully to determine the best fit for your research program. Opportunities incorporate policy.
Applicants should identify a project and mentors from the list:

Deadline: October 27, 2018
Visiting Scholar, American Academy for Arts and Sciences
The Visiting Scholars Program was established in 2000 as part of an Academy-wide effort to promote the work of early-career scholars. It provides residential fellowships for post-doctoral scholars who are completing manuscripts on projects relating to American history, culture, and public policy from the founding period to the present. The Program offers scholars an academic year for research and writing, a collaborative work environment, and the opportunity to interact with Academy members. One of the goals of the Visiting Scholars Program is to build a community of research scholars in residence; regular attendance at the Academy facilitates this goal. Research trips, interviews, attendance at scholarly meetings or speaking engagements should be limited to no more one weekday per week during the fellowship term, and scholars may not accept any teaching appointment or other major commitments during the fellowship.
More information .

Faculty

Deadline: August 6, 2018, 17:00 Eastern
Science and Technology Policy Fellow, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
The Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE) is accepting applications for a Two-Year Science and Technology Policy Fellowship at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Hartford, Connecticut, to begin October 2018. Eligible candidates must have a PhD or equivalent terminal degree, or for engineers a masters in engineering with three years of professional experience, in an environmental science-related discipline or public health with a focus on environmental toxicology.
More information .

Deadline: October 15, 2018
Sabbatical and Research Fellowship, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)

Sabbatical & Research Fellowships are awarded to established scholars who will be in residence at the SESYNC for 2–12 months to undertake activities that will advance socio-environmental synthesis research. Applicants propose synthesis activities consistent with the mission of SESYNC and are also expected to participate in collaborative Center activities as part of their efforts while in residence. Competitive sabbatical proposals are those that very clearly address how the proposed project will advance understanding of the structure, functioning, or sustainability of socio-environmental systems. Projects could include data syntheses, modeling, theory development, or policy analysis. As with most sabbaticals, the purpose is to provide an opportunity for an individual to take time off from their current position to develop new ideas or research directions that will benefit their future work as well as their institution/organization when they return.
Additional details .

Deadline: October 31, 2018

Jefferson Science Fellowship, U.S. Agency for International Development/U.S. Department of State/U.S. National Academy of Sciences

On October 8, 2003, the Secretary of State announced the Jefferson Science Fellows (JSF) program, establishing a new model for engaging the American academic science, technology, engineering, and medical communities in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy and international development programming. The JSF program is administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and is supported through a partnership between the U.S. academic community, professional scientific societies, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The JSF is open to tenured, or similarly ranked, faculty from U.S. institutions of higher learning who are U.S. citizens. The application period opens in early August and closes at the end of October. Selected JSFs spend one year on assignment at the U.S. Department of State or USAID as science advisors on foreign policy/international development issues. Assignments are tailored to the needs of the hosting office, while taking into account the Fellows’ interests and areas of expertise. Following the fellowship year, Fellows will return to their academic career but remain available to the U.S. government as an experienced consultant for short-term projects.
Additional details .

Job postings

Deadline: July 19, 2018, 23:59 Eastern
Director of Resilience Planning, University of Connecticut (UConn)/Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA)
The Director will provide support for activities associated with development of the Connecticut Connections Coastal Resilience Plan. The Director will coordinate and contribute to a four-year project that uses science-informed risk assessment and broad consultation to develop a prototype resilience framework for Connecticut. Activities will include selection and supervision of contractors, coordination with scientists, engineers, architects and state and municipal officials. CIRCA is a multidisciplinary center that coordinates applied research and engagement programs to develop and advance practical solutions to problems caused by changing climate (). CIRCA is located on UConn’s Avery Point Campus in Groton, CT.
More information .

Deadline: July 19, 2018
International Trade Specialist, Office of Agreements and Scientific Affairs (OASA) of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) – U.S. Department of Agriculture
OASA provides trade policy advocacy for U.S. food and agriculture through the negotiation, monitoring and enforcement of international trade agreements, the prevention and resolution of non-tariff trade barriers, and the promotion of global, rules-based systems to facilitate trade.  The OASA motto is, “Building Solutions that Open Markets.” rnational negotiations, monitoring and enforcing trade agreements, developing trade policy and strategies, working with international law and international legal instruments, addressing technical and sanitary phytosanitary barriers to trade, and facilitating communication between foreign governments and U.S. trade agencies (i.e., USTR) and regulatory agencies (i.e., APHIS, FSIS, FDA, EPA). These positions could reside in one of several divisions within OASA, such as the International Regulations and Standards Division (IRSD) or the Processed Products and Technical Regulations Division (PPTRD).  OASA is looking for regulatory, legal, international relations, science, and/or economics experience. This position requires a secret security clearance. The incumbent must be able to maintain that clearance while in this position.
More information .

Deadline: July 24, 2018
Congressional Affairs Specialist, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – Department of Health and Human Services
FDA’s Office of Legislation is looking for several new Congressional Affairs Specialists, position GS-9/11 with promotion ladder up to a potential GS-13. These positions will initially focus on legislative correspondence/research work with growth potential towards more policy/issue management work. Staffing opportunities relate to multiple policy areas (i.e., agriculture/foods, veterinary medicine, human drugs, devices/biologics, tobacco).
External applicant information .

Deadline: August 6, 2018, 17:00 Eastern
Science and Technology Policy Fellow, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
The Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE) is accepting applications for a Two-Year Science and Technology Policy Fellowship at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Hartford, Connecticut, to begin October 2018. Eligible candidates must have a PhD or equivalent terminal degree, or for engineers a masters in engineering with three years of professional experience, in an environmental science-related discipline or public health with a focus on environmental toxicology.
More information .

Deadline: November 1, 2018
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellowship
The AAAS STPF is open to anyone following completion of a terminal degree. Now in its 45th year, this prestigious fellowship provides opportunities for outstanding scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about federal policymaking while using their knowledge and analytical skills to address today’s most pressing societal challenges. Applications for the 2019 fellowship year open on August 1, 2018.
Program and application information .

Deadline: As soon as possible
Senior Associate – Health Care Products, Pew Charitable Trusts
The senior associate, based in Pew’s Washington, DC, office, will inform and influence public policy by using research tools to further project goals. The senior associate will provide factual support to develop and further the project team’s advocacy positions and will work with the project team to design and implement a research agenda on emerging areas in healthcare products. The position will require developing subject matter expertise related to healthcare products; executing a research agenda; developing detailed policy recommendations; and contributing to a legislative campaign. Reporting to the project director, the senior associate will work closely with Pew colleagues in communications, research, government relations, and other areas. This position has a set time frame that could be extended based on the success of the program, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support.
More information available .

Deadline: As soon as possible
Associate Program Officer – Board on Health Sciences Policy, U.S. National Academy of Sciences
The Forum on Drug Discovery, Development, and Translation at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences is seeking an Associate Program Officer to join the team. The Health and Medicine Division (HMD) is a division of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, with the aim of helping those in government and the private sector make informed health decisions by providing evidence upon which they can rely. HMD previously was the Institute of Medicine (IOM) program unit of the National Academies. On March 15, 2016, the division was renamed HMD, building on the heritage of the IOM’s work in medicine while emphasizing its increased focus on a wider range of health matters. This position is best suited for early career candidates with an interest in medical product R&D policy. Excellent (written and verbal) communication skills required. Experience in science and
regulatory policy preferred.
More information .

Other

September 14, 2018
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Center for Science Diplomacy will host its 4th annual conference, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Center. The one-day conference will bring scientists, policymakers, students, and practitioners together around emerging aspects of science diplomacy.
Event information .

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