Become a Food Supply Chain Impact Fellow
Welcome to the Food Supply Chain Impact Fellowship! Sponsored by the USDA and administered by the FAS Talent Hub, this initiative is an opportunity to become an FAS Impact Fellow working to shape the future of America’s food supply chain. Become an Impact Fellow and you’ll have the opportunity to influence and be part of the movement towards more sustainable, resilient, and efficient food systems.
Are you passionate about making a difference? Keen to shape the future of food systems? Join us in innovating America’s food supply chain. As an Impact Fellow, you’ll be at the heart of critical programs, influencing policy, forging innovative solutions and making real change happen.
As one of the nation’s oldest science public interest organizations, FAS believes in the power of scientific and technological expertise to create a better world. Our Impact Fellowship program is a manifestation of that belief. We’re inviting diverse experts to serve in a high-impact “tour of service” within the federal government, dealing head-on with the nation’s most significant challenges and exploiting its most promising opportunities.
What Does a Food Supply Chain Impact Fellow Do?
You’ll be part of a cohort of Impact Fellows serving across the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Your mission is to provide valuable insights, connect various programs, and coordinate efforts to build an efficient, sustainable food supply chain. Fellows will support the Regional Food Business Centers, the Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure program, and other food systems programs and projects.
From the moment you join, you’ll embark on an immersive learning journey. This will include comprehensive cohort-based programming and training during both the residency and service periods.
Fellows will participate in deep-dives into executive and legislative systems and unique USDA-specific sessions led by food systems’ experts. Fellows will also receive training on government basics that includes an overview of government culture and best practices. This isn’t just about improving your knowledge – it’s about arming you with the tools to make a real difference.
Fellows also have access to in-person retreats and monthly virtual networking events throughout their tour of service to build their professional network.
Ready for the Challenge?
If you’re ready to make your mark and shape the future of food supply chains, we’d love to hear from you. We will be recruiting for two cohorts with start dates in October 2023 and February 2024.
Applications for the Fall 2023 cohort are due by August 7th, 2023. Applicants for the fall cohort must be ready to start their journey full-time on October 16, 2023. Applicants interested in a February 2024 start date may apply during the fall recruitment. The fellowship term lasts for two years, with a chance to extend an additional two years. Stipends range from $122,000 to $145,000 per year and include subsidized benefits, including a 403(b) with a generous match; 100% FAS-paid vision; and 80% FAS-paid Medical and Dental.
Applications for second cohort open october 16th.
Beyond the Food Supply Chain Impact Fellowship
The FSCIF is just one part of the broader FAS Talent Hub. Discover more opportunities to make a difference and change the world with us. Visit the FAS Talent Hub main page.
This is more than a fellowship. It’s a chance to be a part of a transformative journey. A journey to a stronger, more resilient, and sustainable food supply chain for the future. Are you ready to step up to the plate?
This Fellowship opportunity is funded by USDA through the American Rescue Plan and FY21 Consolidated Appropriations and is administered by the Federation of American Scientists.
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An Impact Fellow is an individual that supports the development and implementation of emerging scientific, technical, and innovation policy priorities within high-impact roles across the federal government. The benefits of becoming an Impact Fellow include the unique opportunity to serve within the federal government, while confronting some of the greatest scientific and social challenges of our time.
The FSCIF is a new fellowship opportunity sponsored by USDA and administered by the FAS Talent Hub. This program will place two cohorts of fellows to work on critical food supply chain issues within the Agricultural Marketing Service.
Potential candidates may begin by applying online. Early submission will ensure your application receives full consideration. Within 1-2 weeks of the positions closing date, FAS will screen candidates’ applications and move eligible select individuals to a round of virtual interviews with FAS. From there, FAS will select a slate of finalist candidates to send to USDA. Individuals on the finalist slate may receive an invitation to interview with agency staff. Upon completion of agency interviews, the agency will choose their preferred candidate and FAS will inform the selected candidate.
Once selected, FAS will provide resources and an in-depth onboarding process to prepare you for your tour of service. As part of this, all FSCIF Impact Fellows will participate in a 90-day pre-service residency period, during which fellows will engage in professional development, training, and other content to prepare them for their tour of service. Additionally, FAS provides ongoing programming to our Fellows to ensure they are thoroughly equipped to be successful in government. Examples of these sessions include Executive & Legislative Deep Dive, Federal Budgeting, Grant Management, Stakeholder Mapping, Collaborative Problem Solving, Tools to Drive Government Innovation.
USDA Food Supply Chain Impact Fellows will serve for a two-year term with the possibility to extend for an additional two years.
No. Fellows are expected to fulfill the time commitment advertised in the posting.
Many of the FSCIF fellowship roles are hybrid at the AMS regional center. See the specific position description for more details on working location.
The FSCIF is a USDA-sponsored program that is administered by the FAS Talent Hub.
Stipends range from $122,000 to $145,000 per year based on the seniority of the role and include subsidized benefits, including a 403(b) with a generous match after the first year; 100% employer-paid vision; and 80% employer-paid Medical and Dental. Throughout the term, Fellows will also receive paid travel to DC for various trainings and professional development.
All Fellows will go through a government background screening with and ethics clearance process but do not receive a security clearance.
Due to a high volume of applicants, we are unable to meet with prospective fellows to discuss the requirements of the Impact Fellowship. Please review this FAQ to see answers to common questions. If you are unable to find the answer to your question on our Impact Fellowship FAQ page, please email us with your specific question at firstname.lastname@example.org.