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Eagleton Science and Politics Fellowship Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply for the Eagleton Science and Politics Fellowship?
To be eligible for the Fellowship, candidates must possess the following minimum qualifications:
- A PhD or equivalent level degree
- U.S. citizenship OR Suitable immigration status for non-residents

Examples of PhD equivalent degrees include, but are not limited to: MD, DVM, DO, DDS, and PharmD.

Examples of acceptable disciplines include, but are not limited to:
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Animal Sciences
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Earth, Ocean and Marine Sciences
  • Education
  • Engineering: Biomedical, Ceramic, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Nuclear
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Food and Nutritional Sciences
  • Health Sciences/Medicine
  • Mathematics/Statistics
  • Psychology
  • Systems Sciences

Individuals who will not have completed all doctoral program requirements by July 1, 2019 are not eligible to apply

Is the Fellowship limited to New Jersey residents?
No, all eligible applicants are encouraged to apply. However, the Program does not offer relocation reimbursement or housing assistance.

Do I need to have previous experience in public policy?
No, Fellows are not expected to have previous experience, however, they are expected to be interested in the processes of politics and government and to understand the potential value of science in general and their expertise in particular in the political and governmental spheres.

Note that all selected Fellows will participate in a two-week seminar before their placements that will provide intensive training in communication as well as government and legislative processes.
Can I keep another full-time appointment in addition to the Fellowship?
No, all selected Fellows are expected to dedicate a full-time schedule to the Fellowship and may not keep outside full-time appointments. Moreover, individual office’s working hours may vary and may include some evenings and, possibly, weekends.

Is the Fellowship only for early-career scientists?
No, applicants with all ranges of experience and at all stages of their careers may apply.

What will my stipend be?
The yearly stipend will be $48,000 paid bi-weekly starting in July 2019.

The stipend is taxable as income and no federal or state taxes will be withheld; Fellows will be responsible for paying estimated taxes at the end of the calendar year when they report the income.

Will I receive health benefits?
Health insurance for individuals and families is available through Rutgers University Health Plans (UHP) at Fellow’s expense. The plan is underwritten by UnitedHealthCare and is a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) which offers both “in-network” and “out-of-network” benefits. Participants are not required to select a primary care physician or receive referrals prior to visiting specialists. Out-of-network providers require members to pay deductibles and coinsurance. Detailed insurance plan information is available on the UHP website.

Will you help me find a placement?
Yes, Fellows will be matched with appropriate and interested State offices.

What else should I know about the Fellowship?
All Fellows are expected to fulfill their mission as trusted sources of fact-supported and unbiased scientific knowledge. Your work might be relevant to your specific expertise, but, more realistically, you will work on a variety of issues relevant to the hosting office’s interests. Furthermore, your role might be individually further defined by your hosting office and you might not work on science-related issues at all times.