SIAM Science Policy Fellowship Program

SIAM Science Policy Fellowship Program

The SIAM Science Policy Fellowship Program enables post-doctoral fellows and early career researchers to be strong advocates for federal investments in applied mathematics and computational science. Three to five fellowship recipients will be selected each year to serve two-year terms that include in person and remote training; attending the biannual SIAM Committee on Science Policy Meetings in Washington, D.C.; interfacing with federal officials; and participating in an advocacy day on Capitol Hill.

About the Fellowship

The Science Policy Fellowship Program enables participants to gain in-depth knowledge of the policy processes that determine science funding and policy decisions while still pursuing their research and teaching. Fellowship recipients will receive training and guidance on how to effectively communicate with federal officials and congressional staff. Participants will also learn about important legislative issues as well as the federal budget and appropriations process. Training will occur both in-person at the SIAM Committee on Science Policy Meetings as well as remotely by telecommunication or webinar. Science Policy Fellowships will play an important role representing the industrial and applied math community to policy-makers in Washington, D.C.

Fellowship Details

Fellowship Responsibilities

  • Attend two-day SIAM Committee on Science Policy meetings held during the spring and fall in Washington, D.C.
  • Participate in training webinars on key budget and policy issues
  • Meet with lawmakers, legislative staff, and federal agency officials in Washington, D.C. (two days per year)
  • Assist the Committee on Science Policy in developing policy statements and white papers to seed new federal initiatives
  • Take advantage of many networking opportunities with both peers and leaders in SIAM
  • Develop an independent policy project with guidance that will enable deeper learning on a topic of interest to the fellowship recipient and SIAM

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a post-doctoral or early career researcher
  • Be a member in good standing of SIAM
  • Have a passion for learning about public policy and an interest in being an advocate for applied mathematics and computational science
  • Have strong communication skills
  • Live in the U.S. and have a full time job (including post-doctoral) during the two-year fellowship term
  • Be able to commit to travel to Washington, D.C. twice a year (all costs paid by SIAM)

Required Materials

  • A CV/resume (a link to an online CV will suffice)
  • Candidate statement: This statement should address why you would like to participate in the program and how it would benefit you and your career.¬†Maximum¬†500 words.
  • Issue Statement: This statement should describe one policy issue you care about and why it is important for the future of applied mathematics and/or computational science.¬†Maximum 500 words.
  • Applicants may be asked to interview by phone as well.

Fellowship Recipients

Anthony Bonifonte
Denison University

Samantha Erwin
Oak Ridge National Laboratories

Alyson Fox
Lawrence Livermore National Lab

Andy Huang
Sandia National Laboratories 

Michael Schneier
University of Pittsburgh

George Slota
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Sucheta Soundarajan
Syracuse University

Luis Sordo Vieira
Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine