William C. Foster Fellows Visiting Scholars Program

PURPOSE: By law, specialists in the physical sciences, and other disciplines relevant to ACDA's activities, should have an opportunity for active participation in the arms control, nonproliferation and disarmament activities of the Agency. This also allows the Agency the opportunity to gain the perspective and expertise such persons can offer. Appointments are made for a full year in one of ACDA's four bureaus.

HISTORY: The program for visiting scholars in the field of arms control was established by Congress in 1983 in honor of the first director of ACDA, William C. Foster. ACDA began this program by competitively seeking up to six visiting scholars for the 1984-85 academic year. Since 1984, approximately 40 fellows have served at ACDA.

QUALIFICATIONS: Foster Fellows must be citizens of the United States, on the faculty of a recognized institution of higher learning and tenured or on a tenure-track or equivalent. They must also have served as a permanent career employee of the institution for at least ninety days before selection for the program.

Prior to appointment, applicants will be subject to a full-field background security investigation for a Top Secret security clearance. Candidates will not be extended a formal offer of appointment until a security clearance has been granted and all other requirements have been met. This procedure can take up to six months. Visiting scholars will also be subject to applicable federal conflict of interest laws and standards of conduct.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Submit a letter indicating the positions in which you are interested and the perspective and expertise you offer. Include your Social Security number and tenure status. In addition, submit a curriculum vitae and any other materials, such as letters of reference and samples of published articles (no more than two), that you believe should be considered. Submit twelve copies of each article.

SELECTION PROCESS: Candidate applications will be reviewed by appropriate ACDA bureau staff. Selected applicants will be invited for interviews at ACDA headquarters in Washington, D.C. Final selections will be made by a board chaired by the current ACDA director and composed of all former directors of the Agency.

Please note that ACDA will be merged into the Department of State in April 1999 with the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 and that successful applicants will thus become William C. Foster Fellows within the Department of State.

The application deadline for the program is March 31, 1999. Request for applications and information should be sent to:

U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency
Office of the Chief Science Advisor
320 21st St, NW
Washington, D.C. 20451
or call
(202) 647-4153

Fellows chosen for the 1996-1997 year are:

    Glenn Chafetz, Ph.D., University of Memphis,
    Department of Political Science; assigned to the Bureau of Multilateral Affairs;

    David Hafemeister, Ph.D., California Polytechnic State University,
    Department of Physics; assigned to the Bureau of Strategic and Eurasian Affairs;

    Douglas Smith, Ph.D., University of Florida,
    Department of Geology; assigned to the Bureau of Intelligence, Verification and Information Management.