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Eagleton Science and Politics Initiative


The Eagleton Science and Politics Initiative explores how science, technology, and politics intersect; the political systems that connect them; and how deeper understanding and clearer communication within and across these disciplines can benefit policymakers, scientists, and the larger public.

Eagleton Science and Politics Workshop
The Eagleton Science and Politics Workshop (ESPW), a collaborative initiative among several partners, serves aspiring scientists and social scientists. Established in 2015, it enables graduate students, post-docs, and faculty to explore intersections between science and politics in order to increase their understanding of how politics affects their disciplines and how they can effectively engage with political and policymaking leaders and institutions. The series highlights the need for improvements in communication between scientists and non-scientists and for expanding the pool of scientifically trained graduates interested in public service careers.

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Eagleton Science and Politics Fellowship
The Eagleton Science and Politics Fellowship offers PhD-level scientists and engineers the opportunity to apply their scientific training and expertise to the development and implementation of relevant state policy.

Fellows will apply their advanced technical training in service to the state of New Jersey. The program will provide participating New Jersey state legislative and executive branch offices ready access to trusted in-house science advisors to help facilitate government decision-making related to the wide range of critical public policies involving complex science, engineering, and technology. Fellows will develop an understanding of state government and how to build careers in public service.

Supported by a stipend, selected Fellows will participate in an intensive summer training seminar focused on New Jersey state politics and government; covering topics such as effective communication strategies, power structures, and political processes. Each Fellow will complete a one-year, full-time placement as a science aide in a legislative or executive branch office.

Eligibility requirements
PhD-level degree in science, technology or engineering

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Fellowship timeline
November 30, 2018 – Application period begins
January 13, 2019 – Application period closes
Mid-February 2019 – Notification sent to applicants for interviews Early
April 2019 – Notification sent to selected Fellows
July 2019 – Intensive training seminar begins
August 2019 – Fellows begin their placement at host offices
July 2020 – Fellowship ends

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Program Contact
For more information, please contact Anna Dulencin, senior program coordinator, at anna.dulencin@eagleton.rutgers.edu or (848) 932-8309.