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DHS wants help in launching Fellows program to attract scientific and engineering brain power

DHS is contemplating the idea of launching a “Professional Fellows” program that would recruit highly educated individuals with deep experience in physical, biological, social science, engineering and other interdisciplinary fields to serve in one-year appointments in order to help the department “integrate” its existing research and “expedite” the implementation of projects, technology transfers and policy developments.

The program, known as the Homeland Security Scientific Research, Technology and Policy (HS-STRP) Professional Fellows, will seek candidates with doctoral-level degrees or individuals with master’s degrees plus at least three years of post-degree professional experience, according to a Request For Information (RFI) posted by DHS on July 28.

The Science and Technology Directorate at DHS posted the RFI in order to hear from potential contractors, such as a scientific or technological research association, that could support such a DHS fellows program by identifying, screening, interviewing and recruiting viable candidates. “The contractor will arrange placement interviews with selected candidates and DHS host offices to ensure compatibility between projects, expertise, and interests, match finalists with DHS offices, and issue offer letters to confirm final assignments,” says the notice. The selected vendor would also monitor the fellows’ activities and assess their progress in meeting DHS objectives.

DHS indicated in its RFI that it was looking for “highly trained scientists and engineers (fellows) who will contribute their scientific, technological, and engineering knowledge and expertise and external perspectives to the broad range of issues that DHS addresses.”

Prospective contractors to support this initiative are asked to submit their capabilities packages by August 8 to Sharon Flowers, a DHS contract specialist, at 202-254-6816 and

The fellows, themselves, will be offered one-year appointments, “with a possible option for a second year,” DHS explained. “Compensation amounts will be tiered and amount paid will depend on educational level and expertise,” it added.