Eligibility and Application


The application process for the 2019 ASA, CSSA and SSSA Congressional Science Fellowship is now open! Application deadline in January 10, 2018.



The 2019 Fellowship begins in September 2018 and concludes in August 2019.


The Fellowship carries an annual stipend of $72,000 plus relocation expenses, up to $1,500. 


  1. Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. at the time they start the Fellowship. Applicants may apply for the Fellowship while finishing their doctoral program, but must have completed their degree prior to beginning the Fellowship.
  2. The program is aimed at highly qualified and interested individuals at any stage in their career. Mid- to late-career scientists are also encouraged to apply.
  3. Applicants must have exceptional competence in some area of the agronomic, crop, soil, or related fields of science and education.
  4. Applicants must be cognizant of a broad range of matters outside the Fellow’s particular area, and have a strong interest in working on a range of public policy issues.
  5. Applicants are required to be ASA, CSSA, or SSSA members.
  6. Applicants must hold U.S. citizenship (dual citizenship from the United States and another country is acceptable).
  7. Fellows are required to participate in two orientations: one, sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), is an intensive two-week orientation on legislative and executive branch operations in September, and the other a three-day agriculture/natural resources/environment orientation held at the end of August.


A selection committee composed of ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Officers, the Chief Executive Officer, and the Director of Science Policy will screen all applications and conduct interviews.


The Application and three Letters of Reference will be combined into one PDF and submitted online (not to exceed 10 MB). The Application will include the following:

  1. Full contact information (name, mailing address, phone, and email)
  2. ASA, CSSA or SSSA Membership Number
  3. Cover Letter
    • Describe your qualifications and career goals; why the fellowship is desired, why you are qualified; what policy and legislative issues are of particular interest; what role you envision as a Congressional Science Fellow; and, what outcome is desired from this experience relative to your career goals.
  4. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    • Include education, work experience, areas of special interest, and a listing of most recent publications.

Add References to Application

Include with your Application three Reference Letter PDFs that include full contact information for each individual (name, mailing address, phone, and email). The following points should be addressed in the reference letters:

  • The reference's relationship to the candidate.
  • The candidate's scientific, educational, technical accomplishments, and relative standing among peers.
  • The candidate's interest in applying his/her experience to the solution of societal problems, as related to legislative policies.
  • The candidate's ability to communicate, both orally and in writing, and to interact productively with individuals and groups.
  • The candidate's maturity, judgement and leadership abilities.
  • The candidate's professional future.

PDF Upload

Beginning on October 1, 2017, combine the Application and three Letters of Reference into one PDF (not to exceed 10 MB) and submit via email to no later than January 10, 2018.


Contact the ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Science Policy Office at 202-408-5558 or email