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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: December 8, 2018
Internship, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and China Environment Forum
The China Environment Forum offers internships for students with an interest in, coursework related to, and/or experience working on topics of environmental and energy challenges in China. The Communications and Design Internship is designed to provide the individuals selected with the opportunity to gain practical experience in an environment that combines graphic design, communications, and public policy. The internship also provides opportunities to attend events within the Wilson Center and around Washington, D.C. The Research Internship is designed to provide the individuals selected with the opportunity for practical experience in an environment that successfully mixes academic study with public policy.
Additional details here.

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: As soon as possible
Science Programs Internship, Society for Women’s Health Research
SWHR recognizes the need to have researchers, clinicians, patients, and other relevant stakeholders work collaboratively to analyze the current state of the science, identify knowledge gaps, and develop recommendations to improve research, diagnosis, treatment, and access to quality care in women’s health. To achieve this goal, SWHR convenes interdisciplinary roundtables and networks to improve women’s health through science, policy, and education. SWHR is seeking a graduate student intern to assist with its scientific programs.
Description and application information available.

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. Many 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 available.


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 available.

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 U.S. 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 here.

Job Postings

Deadline: August 10, 2018
Congressional Liaison and Legislative Specialist, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Embark on an exciting future! From the peaks of the highest mountains to the depths of the deepest seas, the U.S. Geological Survey has career opportunities that make a difference in both the lives of others and in the environment. Would you like to join the more than 10,000 scientists, technicians, and support staff of the USGS who are working in more than 400 locations throughout the United States? Apply today! This position will coordinate, within the USGS, the review of draft legislation or testimony referred to the Bureau or Department of the Interior (DOI); assist in the preparation of USGS witnesses for Congressional Hearings; work with USGS managers and scientists to proactively develop briefings and meetings with Departmental and Congressional staff on USGS programs and escort USGS staff to these meetings; and receive Congressional inquiries (telephone and correspondence) and assures prompt and complete responses are provided by the USGS. 
Additional information available.

Deadline: September 10, 2018
California Policy Advocate (Bilingual), Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)
UCS seeks a smart and savvy advocate for renewable energy, electric vehicles, and other science-based solutions to climate change. You will be joining a team of California-based colleagues who are working to further the Golden State’s leadership on these issues, providing a much-needed example to the world of how to decarbonize a major economy while preparing for the unavoidable impacts of a changing climate, and delivering equitable solutions that benefit all Californians. As our California Policy Advocate, you will represent UCS on these issues to legislative offices and committees, administration and agency staff, other non-profits, civic and community organizations, environmental justice partners, and other stakeholders. You’ll also work closely with other UCS staff to integrate our policy advocacy with our research and outreach, develop materials (in Spanish, as needed), represent UCS at events, and represent UCS to Spanish-language media.
More details here.

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 here.   

Deadline: As soon as possible
Policy Associate, Center for Carbon Removal
The Center for Carbon Removal is a new breed of climate-focused NGO on a mission to fundamentally rethink carbon. While many passionate organizations and individuals focus on reducing carbon emissions, climate goals can only be met by removing the carbon that already exists in our atmosphere. We partner with policymakers, scientists, businesses and land managers around the globe to develop policy, promote research, and advance solutions that transform carbon from a liability to an asset, a pollutant to a resource. In the ever-changing landscape of climate action and innovation, policy support is a fundamental stepping stone to large-scale carbon removal. CCR is seeking a talented and passionate Policy Associate to advance federal policy research and education priorities for the organization. This person will coordinate closely with CCR’s team of experts and program leads to identify and support policies that build momentum for carbon removal R&D and commercialization while improving local economies, creating jobs, and empowering climate advocates.
More information available.

Deadline: As soon as possible
Program Manager, Society for Women’s Health Research
The Program Manager will serve as an integral part of the Science Department and manage many women’s health programs, including working across the organization to support program-related policy activities and educational efforts.
Additional details here.

Deadline: As soon as possible
Director of Science Policy, Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR)
SWHR is seeking an experienced, intellectually curious, and dynamic professional to assume the newly created role of Director of Science Policy. Both an action-oriented strategist and self-starter, the Director of Science Policy will envision, direct, and implement creative science programs and advocacy activities designed to improve women’s experiences in healthcare.
More information available.


Informational webinars

  • Thursday, August 9th at 14:30 EDT
  • Thursday, September 6th at 14:30 EDT
  • Thursday, October 4th at 14:30 EDT

Innovation Crossroads Fellowship, U.S. Department of Energy
As a member of Innovation Crossroads Cohort 3, you’ll be part of a unique community of scientists, engineers, technologists and entrepreneurs who are committed to accelerate the transition of world-changing ideas to the marketplace. As a fellow, you will receive:

  1. A two year fellowship – Innovation Crossroads provides a living stipend, health insurance, and travel allowance for up to two years so that innovators can be 100% focused on their start-ups.
  2. R&D funding – In addition to unparalleled access to facilities, equipment, and expertise at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, innovators receive R&D funding to support collaboration opportunities with researchers across the lab.
  3. Business mentors, entrepreneurial training, and networking – Participants receive access to experienced business mentors, entrepreneurial training programs, and exclusive networking opportunities. Innovators are also exposed to a wide range of leaders from academia, industry, government, and finance that can serve as advisors and partners.

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. Session details:

  • Strengthening Ties, Strengthening Global Policy Making: Mechanisms in the Americas
  • Antimicrobial Resistance: Cooperating to Combat a Tragedy of the Global Commons
  • Think Locally to Impact Globally: Science Diplomacy at the State Level
  • A New Horizon in EU Science Diplomacy
  • The Science Shift: Perspectives on the Role of Diplomacy in a Changing Global Science Ecosystem
  • Building a Trinational Initiative to Save Marine Protected Areas in the Gulf of Mexico through Science Diplomacy
  • Mega-Science = Mega Diplomacy
  • Beyond Borders: Migration, Health, and Diplomacy

Event information and registration available.

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