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AACP/AAAS Congressional Fellowship Program 

Overview

The Congressional Fellowship Program, established in 1994, operates in conjunction with the Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowship Program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The program places highly qualified scientific, engineering, health and other professionals within the offices of individual Members of Congress or Congressional committees for a one-year assignment. Fellows serve as full-time Congressional staff members and are involved in a broad range of assignments. As a result, fellows gain invaluable experience in the policy and legislative processes of government, while ideally contributing professional insights, fresh ideas and technical expertise from their disciplines.

This program is specifically targeted to scientists outside of government and is structured to emphasize policy-oriented public service contributions, rather than observational learning. Fellows are considered "free agents" rather than representatives of the participating professional societies.

Recent AACP/AAAS Congressional Fellows have included E. Paul Larrat, Ph.D., of The University of Rhode Island (2010/2011), Gary R. Matzke, Pharm.D., of Virginia Commonwealth University (2003/2004), David B. Roll, Ph.D., formerly of The University of Utah (2001/2002), Earlene E. Lipowski, Ph.D., of the University of Florida (1997/1998), and Therese I. Poirier, Pharm.D., M.P.H., of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (1996/1997).

Expectations

During the period of residence, AAAS Congressional fellows are expected to communicate frequently with the AACP program director (William G. Lang), the executive vice president and any others deemed appropriate by the executive director of AACP. Specifically, the scholar will meet with key AACP staff on a monthly basis and report to Council of Deans/Council of Faculties business meetings on the value of the Congressional Fellowship experience. A "Viewpoint" may be submitted to the AACP Journal and/or editorial content submitted for publication in membership newsletters may be requested.

Logistics

Stipend support will include an initial payment of $10,000 plus $2,500 per month for a period of one year. Furnished housing will be provided at the Association’s condominium in Alexandria, Va., for the one-year duration of the fellowship, along with travel and relocation expenses of up to $2,000, as approved by the AACP executive vice president. Other institutional support, as agreed between the Fellow and his/her institution and described in the institution’s letter of support, may exist.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

To be eligible for selection, applicants must be individual active members of AACP, must have an earned terminal degree in their discipline, and hold an academic appointment as a faculty member in a college or school of pharmacy with a degree program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. The successful candidate will generally be a mid-career to senior scientist/academician who is taking and/or eligible for sabbatical leave from his/her institution.

Application Process

The application process consists of:

1. A letter of intent from the applicant, summary of the applicant's qualifications, relevant issues of scholarly interest and description of the potential value of the particular scholar in residence program to the applicant's career objectives. Letters should not exceed two pages. The candidate should also provide the names and contact information for two individuals who can provide support for the application.

2. A complete curriculum vitae; and

3. A letter from the dean or other university official describing in specific detail the nature of the institution's time and financial commitment in support of the applicant's participation in the program.

Applications for the AACP/AAAS Congressional Fellowship Program may be submitted via e-mail to William G. Lang, vice president of policy and advocacy.

Applications must be received by December 1. The selection and announcement of the program and participant will follow within approximately 60 days. The Congressional Fellowship Program starting date is generally the first week of September of the following year.

Inquiries

Questions regarding this Scholar-in-Residence program can be directed to William G. Lang, vice president of policy and advocacy.

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