SIAM Science Policy Fellowship Program

SIAM Science Policy Fellowship Program

SIAM Science Policy Fellowship Program

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Science Policy Fellowship Program develops post-doctoral fellows and early career researchers into strong advocates for U.S. federal support 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 biannual SIAM Committee on Science Policy meetings; interfacing with federal officials; and participating in an advocacy day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

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. Science Policy Fellowship recipients will play an important role representing the industrial and applied math community to policy-makers in Washington, D.C.

Fellowship Details

Fellowship Responsibilities

  • Attend 2-day SIAM Committee on Science Policy meetings held during the spring and fall each year
  • Participate in training webinars on key budget and policy issues
  • Meet with lawmakers, legislative staff, and federal agency officials in Washington, D.C. 
  • 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 postdoc or early career researcher
  • Be a SIAM member in good standing 
  • 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
  • Work and live in the U.S. and have a full time job 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 
  • 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 contacted for an interview as well.

Fellowship Recipients

2024 - 2025

Jonas Albert Actor
Sandia National Laboratories

Arielle Carr
Lehigh University

Ekaterina Landgren
University of Colorado, Boulder

Iván Ojeda-Ruiz
Texas State University

Catherine Claire Pollack
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

2023 - 2024

Julie Bessac
National Renewal Energy Laboratory

Victor Churchill
The Ohio State University, Trinity College

Jeffrey Larson
Argonne National Laboratory

Bashir Mohammed
Intel Labs

Jake Price
University of Puget Sound