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Presidential Management Fellowship
The Presidential Management Fellowship Program is a leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates. Created more than three decades ago by an Executive Order from the President of the United States, the program places candidates in a two-year appointment within one Federal agency, if not more. Guided by the spirit of public service, the program seeks to provide opportunities for careers in government. Download this presentation to learn more.
American Association for the Advancement of Science & Technology (AAAS) Fellowship
The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship provides opportunities to outstanding scientists and engineers from a broad range of disciplines, backgrounds, and career stages to learn first-hand about policymaking and implementation while contributing their knowledge and analytical skills to policymakers. Policy fellows focus on furthering the work of scientists, improving the effectiveness of science in the promotion of human welfare, and fostering scientific freedom and responsibility.
American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Public Fellows
The ACLS Public Fellows program places recent Ph.D.s from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows participate in the substantive work of these organizations and receive professional mentoring. This program aims to expand the reach of doctoral education in the U.S. by demonstrating that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application, both within and beyond the academy.
Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellowship
The CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship program funds graduates who work on projects that forge and strengthen connections among library collections, educational technologies, and current research. Three types of postdoctoral fellowships are offered: in Academic Libraries, in Data Curation for the Sciences and Social Sciences, and in Data Curation for Early Modern Studies. The program offers recent PhD graduates the chance to help develop research tools, resources, and services while exploring new career opportunities.
Located within the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., the John W. Kluge Center supports research and scholarship related to the immense and diverse collections in the Library of Congress. The Kluge Center offers fellowships related to a variety of topics for those who have received their Ph.D.
Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer.
NIH Loan Repayment Programs
The NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) are a set of programs established by Congress and designed to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into biomedical or biobehavioral research careers. The escalating costs of advanced education and training in medicine and clinical specialties are forcing some scientists to abandon their research careers for higher-paying private industry or private practice careers.
The LRPs counteract that financial pressure by repaying up to $35,000 annually of a researcher's qualified educational debt in return for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research. Since tomorrow's medical breakthroughs will be made by investigators starting in their research careers today, the LRPs represent an important investment by NIH in the future of health discovery and the wellbeing of the Nation.