Geoscience Policy

Since 1998, the Foundation has provided support for an AGI-sponsored Congressional Geoscience Fellowship. The annual fellowship provides a unique public policy learning experience for a promising young geoscientist. The Fellows, serving as professional staff members in Congressional offices, increase the geoscience presence and voice on Capitol Hill. Congressional Fellows also gain knowledge of the national science policy-making process and the experience to become the effective policy shapers and decision makers of tomorrow.

Congressional Geoscience Fellows are in high demand on the Hill due to their broad scientific training and the relevance of geoscience knowledge to real-world issues. Because AGI represents the entire spectrum of the geosciences, it is uniquely positioned to select individuals with a wide variety of backgrounds and experience. The fellowship draws on outstanding mid-career and postdoctoral geoscientists working in industry, academia, and government who belong to one or more of AGI’s 50 member societies.

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Benefits of the Fellowship

  • Provides an opportunity for technically accomplished and societally aware geoscientists to make practical contributions to the legislative process.

  • Helps build a sound scientific foundation for policies regarding the environment, energy, and mineral resources, natural hazards, public lands, waste disposal, and many other issues.

  • Raises the overall level of geoscience understanding on Capitol Hill.


In order to ensure continued future support for the Congressional Geoscience Fellowship, AGI and the Foundation have established an endowment fund, named in honor of Dr. William L. Fisher.

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