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IEEE-USA Engineering & International Development Fellowship:
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

IEEE-USA is seeking members interested in serving as advisors to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Known as an IEEE-USA ENGINEERING & INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT FELLOW, you will spend a year, beginning in September, living and working in Washington, D.C. The fellowship offers an opportunity for member of the science, technology, and engineering community to provide valuable technical expertise to USAID while learning about and contributing to the foreign policy process.

BACKGROUND

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is the lead U.S. Government agency working to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. President John F. Kennedy created USAID by executive order in 1961. U.S. foreign assistance has always had the two-fold purpose of furthering America's interests while improving lives in the developing world. USAID carries out U.S. foreign policy by promoting broad-scale human progress at the same time it expands stable, free societies, creates markets and trade partners for the United States, and fosters good will abroad.

Spending less than one percent of the total federal budget, USAID works in over 100 countries to: promote broadly shared economic prosperity; strengthen democracy and good governance; protect human rights; improve global health, advance food security and agriculture; improve environmental sustainability; further education; help societies prevent and recover from conflicts; and provide humanitarian assistance in the wake of natural and man-made disasters.

USAID’s approach includes developing and delivering scientific and technical breakthroughs to solve development problems. Science and technology are a USAID priority, reflecting the overriding objectives of U.S. global development policy.

Complete description of the opportunities available to an IEEE-USA USAID Fellow. (PDF)

SELECTION CRITERIA

To be considered for an IEEE-USA Engineering & International Development Fellowship, applicants must confirm the following eligibility requirements:

  • Applicant must be a Member in of IEEE at the time of application.
  • Applicant must possess a Ph.D., or a Masters Degree plus five (5) years of relevant professional experience. The degree must be granted by a recognized program in a subject field that falls with the science, engineering, computer, or allied disciplines eligible for IEEE membership. In exceptional cases, the Masters or Ph.D. requirement may be waived by the Government Fellowship Committee for candidates with compensating experience. Work experience must consist of relevant professional employment and does not include internships or student-related employment.
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen at the time of application or, at the latest, prior to selection.
  • Applicant must meet any special eligibility requirements set by the U.S. Agency for International Development.
  • Applicant must possess or be able to obtain a secret-level security clearance prior to the beginning of the fellowship.

Specifically excluded as selection criteria are age, sex, creed, race, ethnic background, and partisan political affiliations.

A joint IEEE-USA and USAID committee will review finalist. During the selection process, the committee considers the following desirable skills when selecting USAID fellows:

  • Ability to communicate technical and non-technical information clearly to scientists and engineers, and non-technical people.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to collaborate with a variety of individuals at different levels within and outside USAID on complex or politically sensitive issues. Ability to use judgment in presenting options to senior USAID officials.
  • Knowledge of international development and humanitarian assistance concepts, approaches, programs and issues. Background/experience in development is desirable, but not mandatory.
  • Knowledge of engineering planning and design while taking into account feasibility and economics.
APPLICATION MATERIALS & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

2017-18 Application (PDF) (Word)

AAAS Ethics Policy

Program Policies & Procedures

Past Fellows & Their Reports

If you wish to apply for an IEEE-USA USAID Fellowship, please apply directly to IEEE-USA using the application provided on this page. Do not apply to AAAS for the IEEE-USA Fellowship.

The APPLICATION DEADLINE for the 2017-2018 fellowship year is
5pm EST, Friday, 23 DECEMBER 2016.

Please mail your application— electronically —to Diana Librizzi at: d.librizzi at ieee.org. You may also send a hardcopy if you wish, but we must receive your application via e-mail by the 5pm deadline for it to be considered valid.

IEEE-USA Government Fellows
2001 L Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036

PLEASE NOTE:  You may apply for one, two, or all three of the IEEE-USA fellowships (Congressional, State, USAID) in any one year.  However, you must submit a separate cover letter and separate supporting packages (application forms and reference letters) for each type of fellowship.  Each letter must carefully illustrate your understanding of the specific fellowship, and an awareness of the distinctions between the responsibilities of legislative and executive branch personnel. IEEE-USA will not accept one application package in which you state you are interested in all three types of fellowships.

INTERVIEWS & PLACEMENT

If the Government Fellows Committee selects you as a finalist, you will be invited to interview in-person in Washington, D.C. at IEEE-USA's expense. IEEE-USA will reimburse reasonable travel and lodging expenses associated with the interviews. Finalists must be able to attend in person. Rescheduling the face-to-face interview is not an option.

The interviews for 2017-2018 Fellows are scheduled for: 13-14 February 2017. Interviews are approximately 45 minutes long and you need be here for only one of those days. Scheduling will occur at the time of notification of an interview.

If selected for an IEEE-USA USAID fellowship, the fellow is also required to spend one week in early April, interviewing and exploring available opportunities at the agency. Dates vary by year and are established by AAAS. Again, IEEE-USA will reimbiurse reasonable travel and lodging expenses associated with this week.

IEEE-USA has no role in selecting the fellow's assignment, the fellow does not act as a representative of IEEE-USA during the fellowship term, and is not considered an employee of IEEE-USA. (See also AAAS Ethics Policy.)

ORIENTATION

In early September, prior to beginning a fellowship, fellows are enrolled in a mandatory, multi-society, two-week orientation program organized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The orientation takes place in Washington, D.C.. At the completion of the orientation, the fellow immediately begins the fellowship.

SECURITY CLEARANCE

IEEE-USA USAID Fellows must have a secret-level security clearance. If a successful candidate does not already possess a clearance, arrangements must be made immediately with the agency to obtain a security clearance. A security clearance currently requires a 4-6 month background check.The fellow will be asked to complete a clearance form, provide contact information, and make various disclosures. For more information, see:

Getting A Security Clearance...In a Nutshell (OPM)
General Questions and Answers About OPM Background Investigations (OPM)
Questionnaire for National Security Positions (OPM Form SF 86)

STIPEND & TRAVEL

During the fellowship year, IEEE-USA Fellows receive a stipend of either $75,000 (MS with experience) or $65,000 (Post Docs/ PhDs just entering the workforce). The Government Fellows Committee maintains the discretion - based on the applicant's professional experience - to determine which of the two stipend levels an applicant will receive.

Payment of the fellowship stipend is contingent upon the fellow's receipt of an appropriate security clearance, participation in the AAAS orientation, and reaching agreement with USAID on a suitable assignment.

IEEE-USA provides an additional supplementary allowance of $5,000 for travel and relocation expenses; this may be incorporated into the stipend if desired. The Fellows or their employers are responsible for the balance of salaries, benefits (including health insurance), and all other expenses.

When making arrangements to supplement the fellowship stipend through a continued salary from an employer, applicants must consider potential conflicts of interest.

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