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Release No: 039-97
January 27, 1997

DEFENSE POLICY FELLOWSHIPS FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS

The Department of Defense and the American Association for the Advancement of Science today announced the creation of a new fellowship program that brings scientists and engineers to the Pentagon. The AAAS Defense Policy Science and Engineering Fellowship Program will support up to two scientists and engineers in year-long assignments within the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology.

"Most young scientists and engineers don't realize that the Defense Department is one of the largest and most diverse applied science and technology organizations in the world," said Paul Kaminski, undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology. "This fellowship will provide talented scientists and engineers with an extraordinary exposure to the wide range of science and technology policy within DoD. At the same time, it will help foster stronger relationships between DoD and the academic and industrial R&D communities."

The AAAS science and engineering policy fellowships, which began in 1973, introduce scientists and engineers to policymaking in the executive and legislative branches of government. AAAS Fellows also work in Congress, the State Department, the Agency for International Development, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Agriculture.

"The fellowship program presents an exciting opportunity for a collaborative relationship between AAAS and DoD," said Al Teich, director of the AAAS Science and Policy Programs. "The Fellows will contribute their technical expertise and perspectives while gaining hands-on experience in science and technology policymaking at the Pentagon."

Applications will be accepted from individuals with a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral-level degree in any area of the physical, biological, or social sciences, and any field of engineering. Those with a master's degree in engineering and at least three years of post-degree experience may also apply. Applications must be postmarked by Feb. 28, 1997 and the fellowship begins in September 1997. For an application instructions, call (202) 326- 6600 or send an e-mail message to science_policy@aaas.org. 1