ASME Congressional Fellowship (Energy)

Apply for a 2021-2022 ASME Congressional Fellowship!

Applications will be accepted September 15, 2020–January 31, 2021: Apply online!

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Since 1973, ASME has sponsored the Congressional Fellowship program to provide an opportunity for Society members to work with the U.S. Congress. As federal legislation becomes increasingly technical, the need for engineering expertise is essential. Congressional fellows participate directly in the lawmaking process and learn how the federal government operates. In addition, Congress is provided with the necessary engineering expertise and, at the end of the fellowship year, a fellow's employer has an engineer with in-depth knowledge of congressional decision-making processes.

Once chosen as a congressional fellow, an ASME member selects his or her congressional assignment through interviews with congressional offices, with assistance from the ASME Government Relations staff, and with reference to ASME’s priority issues, which include “Clean Energy.”

Applicant Background
Applicants for this Fellowship must have a strong energy background. ASME has long supported a balanced portfolio of energy supplies to meet the nation's energy needs, including advanced clean coal, petroleum, nuclear, natural gas, waste-to-energy, biomass, solar, wind, and hydroelectric power. ASME also supports energy efficient building and transportation technologies, as well as transmission and distribution infrastructure sufficient to satisfy demand under reasonably foreseeable contingencies. Only such a portfolio will allow the U.S. to maintain its quality of life while addressing future environmental and security challenges.

ASME's Energy Policy Guiding Principles were approved by the ASME Board of Governors in April 2020.

Recruitment and Training
Fellows may serve from January through December, or September through August, at their option. An ASME selection committee will screen all applications and notify selected candidates in February of their interest in scheduling an interview. Interviews with final candidates will be convened virtually in February or March. After the interviews, the selection subcommittee may tentatively match finalists with available fellowship opportunities. Selected fellows will receive offers in March or April. ASME Congressional Fellows are required to attend a two-week orientation in Washington, D.C., in September. Paid for by ASME but administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the course provides useful training and a foundation for a fellow's network that serves as both a formal and informal resource for participants throughout the fellowship year.

Timeline

Application Period: September 1st – January 31st
Fellows Selection Subcommittee:  
  • Reviews Applications and Selects Finalists
February
  • Interviews Finalists
February – March
  • Fellowships Offered
March – April
ASME Congressional Fellows: Begin 1 Year Term September 1st or January 1st
ASME Congressional Fellows: Orientation & Training Program (2.5 Weeks) September 1st – 15th


Financial Support of Federal Government Fellows
ASME has a limited number of stipends of $80,000 per congressional/federal government fellow. Because the stipend is not intended to be the fellow's entire financial support, the remaining salary and other costs, including benefits, must be negotiated between the fellow and his or her employer. Society members selected for congressional fellowships typically take a one-year leave of absence from their employer.

Who Should Apply
Fellowship applicants must possess a:

  • Ph.D.; or
  • Master's degree

Applicants who are in the final stage of obtaining a Ph.D. may apply and interview for the Fellowship. However, the applicant must provide official transcripts confirming possession of a Ph.D. prior to the start of the Fellowship on September 1st.

All Fellowship applicants must be:

  • A U.S. citizen; and
  • An ASME member at the time of application

The following credentials are encouraged:

  • At least five years of professional experience;
  • Advanced engineering degree; and
  • Public policy experience

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Program Guidelines

  • Sex, creed, race, ethnic background, and political affiliation are expressly excluded as selection criteria for fellows.
  • The fellowship does not create an employer-employee relationship with the government nor with ASME.
  • During the entire selection process, applicants shall only contact a prospective government host office with the knowledge and consent of the Director of ASME Government Relations.
  • Except for the congressional fellows, final selection of the federal government fellows is conditional upon consent of the host government office where the fellow will be working during the fellowship year and successful completion of any necessary agreements between the host office and ASME.
  • The federal government fellow may receive a stipend of $80,000. The remaining salary, moving expenses, and all other costs (including fringe benefits) must be negotiated between the fellow and his or her current employer (if applicable).
  • ASME’s financial liability to the federal government fellow does not exceed the amount of any expenses approved by the Director of ASME Government Relations. No person or entity shall have any claim against ASME for any other expenses, nor for the actions of the fellows.
  • Federal government fellows shall be willing to make oral presentations and appearances at a reasonable number of ASME functions during their fellowship year. Travel expenses for such activities will be paid by ASME. Any travel must be approved in advance.
  • Fellows are responsible for all out-of-pocket costs once they begin work in Washington; any costs they anticipate for which they wish ASME reimbursement must be approved by the Director of ASME Government Relations.
  • Fellows must attend an orientation program in Washington, D.C., preceding the fellowship; his or her employer must be prepared to give the fellow this time off. The orientation program is paid by ASME.
  • Fellows must submit monthly activity reports to the Director of ASME Government Relations.
  • Fellows must comply with ASME policy on conflict of interest. In addition, fellows must comply with executive and legislative branch policies regarding conflict of interest and financial disclosure.
  • Fellows shall not discredit the integrity of the assistance rendered to the Congress, White House, or other government office by permitting improper influence by any organization nor by action that would suggest such influence. Fellows must not engage in any partisan political activities during the term of appointment, including any campaign activities.
  • In the event of malfeasance on the part of a fellow, as determined by the Director of ASME Government Relations, the fellowship may be suspended immediately.
  • After they have completed their term, fellows will be asked to participate in ASME Government Relations and may be encouraged to participate in the Society’s public affairs activities.
  • Federal employees may apply for an ASME Federal Government Fellowship.
  • ASME Federal Fellows are required to relocate to Washington D.C. for one year for their fellowship.
  • ASME Federal Fellows are required to research Members of Congress to determine which office they wish to interview with and consider serving in.

A brochure on the ASME Federal Fellows Program is available here.

For information on Fellowship opportunities, as well as webinars highlighting current and future Fellowships, subscribe to our free e-newsletter "ASME Capitol Update!" Previous issues are available here.

This ASME Congressional Fellowship is sponsored by ASME Government Relations, the ASME Foundation, and the ASME Petroleum Division.

Disclosure
By completing the application, I consent to ASME collecting, processing, reviewing, and transferring my personal data (including first and last name, company name, mailing address, email address, and phone number) for the purpose of evaluation my application to the ASME Federal Government Fellowship. I understand this information will be used solely for this evaluation.

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