Climate Crossroads Congressional Fellowship, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Posted by: CAKE Team
Post Date: 5/21/2024
Opportunity Type: Job
Organization/Grantor: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Position/Title/Fund: Climate Crossroads Congressional Fellowship
Type/Term: Fellowship
Location: Washington, D.C.
Deadline: May 30, 2024
Description:

Climate change will be a major consideration in a wide swath of policy making for the foreseeable future. Policy relevant to agriculture, natural resource management, transportation, infrastructure, immigration, health, national security, and more needs to be informed by how climate change could affect these sectors, and how these sectors can be part of the solution. The Climate Crossroads Congressional Fellowship provides current Congressional staff with a solid grounding in the science, engineering, and health dimensions of climate change.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Climate Crossroads Congressional Fellowship provides current Congressional staff with a solid grounding in the science, engineering, and health dimensions of climate change. Fellows will strengthen their foundations of scientific literacy and access emerging knowledge and expertise, as well as build connections with colleagues from diverse policy backgrounds.

Program Goals:

  1. Build capacity for science-informed policy making through a 9-month training and networking experience for a bipartisan, bicameral annual cohort of Climate Crossroads Congressional Fellows.
  2. Enable community-building and foster dialogue among peers with a diversity of viewpoints who share the common interest of science-informed policy making.
  3. Enhance policy maker access to leading science, engineering, and medicine, drawing upon the breadth of the National Academies’ reports, events, expertise, and networks.

The 2024-2025 cohort will start their fellowship with a reception in September in Washington, DC, followed by a series of additional events to be held in-person during the following eight months. This will include some combination of lunch and breakfast briefings, evening seminars, and other events in or near the Capitol Complex and the National Academies’ buildings in Washington, DC. An intensive weekend seminar outside Washington, DC will be central to the fellowship. In addition, fellows will have the option of participating in fellow-only activities in conjunction with other National Academies events. Fellows who complete the program will be recognized at the Climate Crossroads Summit, have access to future alumni events, and be included in public-facing materials. This program is designed to comply with House and Senate ethics rules.

The application for the 2024-25 cohort is now open and a virtual information session will be held on Friday, May 10th at 10am ET. This session will provide an overview of the program, its goals, educational and training opportunities for participants, and the application process. Individuals interested in the fellowship can register for the virtual information session here.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Work in one of the following: U.S. Congress, the Congressional Budget Office, the Congressional Research Service, or the Government Accountability Office to apply and at the time of the fellowship start date in September 2024
  • Have a minimum two years of work experience

This opportunity is open to early-, mid-, and senior-level staff. Previous climate change knowledge or higher degrees are not required.

How to Apply:

Apply online and submit the following:

  • Application will include 10 short questions including the three prompts below:
    • Why do you want to be part of this fellowship and what benefit does a fellowship hold for you? (150 words)
    • What are your professional goals and how will this program help you advance your professional goals? (150 words) 
    • How does climate change relate to the work you do in your current professional role? (150 words) 
  • Resumé/CV: This should include your responsibilities in your current role, years of experience working in Congress/CBO/CRS/GAO, work history, and highest education level.  
  • Letter of Acknowledgment: This should indicate that your office leadership (for example, Staff Director, Chief of Staff, or member of Congress) is aware and supportive of your active participation in the program in your official capacity. The Letter of Acknowledgment must:  
    • Include text that your office leadership is aware and supportive of your active participation in the program in your official capacity
    • Be written by your office leadership and include their professional title  
    • Be submitted as an upload in the application OR as an email to [email protected] by the application deadline  
  • Full Letters of Recommendation are not required. 

Additional information on the fellowship and application can be found here. The application for the 2024-2025 cohort is now open and the deadline is Thursday, May 30th.