Call for Applications! AFS Policy Fellowship 2016

Call for Applications!

AFS Policy Fellowship 2016


AFS is continuing a competitive Policy Fellowship Program that started in 2014 and continued into 2015.  For the 2016, we seek applications for one half-time, six-month position to work on science, management, and policy issues related to freshwater flow and instream use.

Requirements: Each applicant must be a member of AFS (in addition to any chapters or sections based on personal interest). This opportunity is open to members ranging from students to retirees. The Policy Fellow may have academic training and/or professional experience in the sciences, resource management, policy, law, or another relevant field. Applications (a one-page statement of interest and a separate resume) should be submitted as attachments to an email sent to Tom Bigford, AFS Policy Director ( Each application should recommend two AFS members who could serve as mentors, one of whom will be selected to provide non-supervisory guidance to the Fellow during the work period.

Note: AFS launched a separate Policy Internship program in 2015 that will be continued in 2016 with an eye toward undergraduates and early professionals; all AFS members can apply for the Fellowship but the Internship is designed specifically to provide entry-level experience. The 2016 Policy Internship announcement will be released in about February 2016 for work to be performed during May through August.

Closing Date and Schedule: Applications for this Policy Fellowship position are due September 25, 2015.  Nominations must be submitted as one email with the two required attachments. No other materials need be submitted. This year’s Policy Fellow will be selected in early November 2015 for work to begin in early 2016.

Tasks: This Policy Fellowship focuses on an AFS need to:

  1. Review the scientific literature related to AFS policy statements on freshwater and instream flow;
  2. Develop a plan to update our policy statement on The Effects of Altered Stream Flow on Freshwater Resources (#9), and potentially combine that work with related policies on Strategies for Stream Riparian Area Management (#14), Hydropower Development (#25), and possibly others;
  3. Complete a new policy statement and related documents within a six-month period, ready for review by AFS units, the AFS membership, and eventually AFS leaders.

Those policies and related materials may be viewed at

The Fellow is expected to work half-time, and may work remotely. AFS will provide a supervisor from the AFS Resource Policy Committee, a mentor from the AFS membership, and administrative support from the AFS office in Bethesda, Maryland. Those people will combine efforts to ensure the Policy Fellowship opportunity is successful personally and professionally.

For more information: Contact Tom Bigford at or call (301) 897-8616 x207.