The American Geosciences Institute participates in the AAAS Congressional Fellowship Program to bring science experts to Congress. Congressional Fellows are key brokers of scientific knowledge for policy-makers and also learn the intricate process of developing public policy and how the legislative process works, which they can share with their science colleagues.
The Fisher Endowment
Funding for the fellowship is provided through an endowment established by the AGI Foundation to honor William L. Fisher, the Leonidas T. Barrow Centennial Chair in Mineral Resources and Professor at the John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas, Austin. Fisher served as the inaugural Dean and previously as the Director of the Jackson School. For three decades before that Fisher served as the Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology and the state geologist of Texas. At the national level, Fisher served as the Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Energy and Minerals under President Ford. Over several administrations, he has been advisor to the President and Secretaries of Energy and the Interior, and he has chaired numerous National Research Council committees and boards. For more information on Fisher and the endowment, please see the column "Endowing the AGI Congressional Fellowship" that appeared in the October 2003 issue of Geotimes Magazine.
Other Fellowship Opportunities:
Several of AGI's member societies also sponsor congressional science fellowships. For more information please contact: