Spend a Year on Capitol Hill Influencing
Science and Tech Public Policy!
Apply Now for the 2011-12 OSA Congressional Fellowships Program
w The Congressional Science and Technology Policy Fellowships
program is a unique way for physicists and engineers to become
involved in the policymaking process on Capitol Hill.
w Fellows spend one year in Washington, D.C. working as special
legislative assistants on the staff of a member of Congress or
congressional committee, beginning each year in September.
w Congressional Fellows use their scientific background to influence
policy decisions and make an impact on legislation affecting the
scientific community at a national level.
The Optical Society hosts two Congressional Fellows per year — one
jointly with the Materials Research Society and another with SPIE.
Fellows receive a salary, as well as a stipend for health insurance, travel
and relocation expenses. This program is open to those who have or will
complete a Ph.D. by September 1, 2011.
For more information and the complete application process,
visit www.osa.org/congressionalfellowships or contact
Lyndsay Basista, OSA government affairs specialist
at 202.416.1930 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Past Fellows
Have to Say...
“The Congressional Fellowship program
provides a unique opportunity for scientists
to apply their skills in a new and exciting
arena. Among the highlights of my
fellowship year were the variety of people
I met and the opportunities I discovered—
there are scientists working in so many
different capacities in D.C., and beyond, to
help shape and inform the policy making
2005–2006 Congressional Fellow
“My year as a fellow changed me. The
knowledge [fellows] gain can be used later
in different institutional settings in ways
that further the interests of the scientific
community as a whole.”
— Barry Masters
1999–2000 Congressional Fellow