TMS/MRS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowship

This fellowship program, sponsored jointly by TMS and the Materials Research Society (MRS), offers a unique career opportunity for recent Ph.D. graduates and early career professionals. Participants can expect to build a network of high-level professional contacts and add valuable policy experience to their resumes.

Please Note: The TMS/MRS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowship will not be awarded in 2021 and is currently closed to applications. To view current and previous years' award recipients, visit the Current and Past Fellows web page.

About the Program

The fellow spends one year working as a special legislative assistant on the staff of a member of Congress or congressional committee. Activities may involve conducting legislative or oversight work, assisting in congressional hearings and debates and preparing briefs and writing speeches. The fellow also attends an orientation program administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) on congressional and executive branch operations, which includes guidance in the congressional placement process, and a year-long seminar series on science and public policy issues. The AAAS also administers many other aspects of the program for the TMS/MRS fellow, as well as other fellows sponsored by nearly two dozen other scientific societies.


To provide TMS and MRS members with an invaluable public policy learning experience, to contribute to the more effective use of materials knowledge in government, and to broaden awareness about the value of scientist and engineer-government interaction among Society members and within the federal government.


A prospective fellow must have a record of success in research or scholarship in a field relevant to materials science and technology, familiarity with the discipline and a working understanding of the scientific communities. The fellow must also demonstrate sensitivity toward policy issues and have a strong interest in applying scientific and technical knowledge to United States public policy issues. The fellow must be able to work quickly and communicate effectively to both scientific and non-scientific audiences on a wide variety of topics and work cooperatively with individuals having diverse viewpoints. An applicant is expected to be a member of MRS or TMS (or an applicant for membership) and have a Ph.D. before the start of the fellowship, or a master’s degree with at least three years professional experience. U.S. citizenship is not required; however, applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

Applicants will be evaluated based on the following categories:

  • Scientific/technical background and professional accomplishments—weighted in consideration of the applicant’s career stage.
  • Communication skills—to scientific and nonscientific audiences—including writing ability, community involvement, and outreach activities.
  • Demonstrated public policy interest, such as through participation in policy or advocacy activities; service to professional societies and/or the broader scientific community; student government or other campus involvement (if applicable).
  • Fellowship skills and abilities, including (but not limited to): capacity to work quickly, flexibly, and cooperatively; experience working with individuals with diverse viewpoints; ability to work in a public environment and strong interpersonal skills.


The fellow will have a one-year appointment beginning September 1. A stipend of $78,750 is available, plus additional funds for health insurance, travel, and relocation expenses to the Washington, D.C. area.

Meet the TMS/MRS Congressional Fellows

View previous TMS/MRS Congressional Fellows and read about their experiences.

Application Information

This award is not currently accepting applications; a new recipient will not be selected in 2021.

For More Information

For additional information, contact Mary Samsa, TMS Foundation and Public Affairs Manager, 1-724-814-3130.