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Emerging Technology Fellowship Program

Are you interested in applying your skills towards mission-critical data and technology challenges in the federal government? If so, the Emerging Technology Fellowship (ETF) actively recruits the best and brightest technologists with expertise in emerging data technology trends to drive data innovation at the U.S. Census Bureau and other federal agencies. This fellowship brings together experts in data science and artificial intelligence (AI), design, and product management with innovators across the federal government to solve pressing technology problems, save taxpayer money, and position the Census Bureau as a leader in federal data innovation.

General Areas of Interest

The ETF program maintains an active list of project portfolios at https://www.xd.gov/projects/.  Emerging Technology Fellows are recruited mid-September to meet current portfolio priorities and identify other opportunities for data innovation where relevant.

When new positions are available, the Emerging Technology Fellowship program manager may actively recruit for fellows in a number of ways:

  • reaching out directly to local universities, departments, and academics.
  • broadcasting position availability to professional networks of designers and technologists with relevant skills.
  • participating in events that promote the mission and projects of the Emerging Technology Fellowship.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation.

Prospective Candidates

Conditions of Appointments

An Emerging Technology Fellow is a resident innovator and a full-time, temporary Census Bureau employee. The Census Bureau offers a limited number of fellowships annually. The date on which an appointment begins is negotiable on an individual basis, and is expected to be Fall 2022.


Fellows are placed on an excepted service appointment for a minimum of 13 months up to 4 years. The time-limited nature of the appointments conforms to the nature of the work assignments and ensures that the program continuously brings in fresh perspectives and talent.

One-page Statement of Interest

Candidates who are considering joining ETF must submit a one-page Statement of Interest in broad AI, design, product management, and related research topic areas and programs along with their resume.


  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States (residents of American Samoa and Swains Islands).
  • Meet specialized experience requirements for grade levels GS-13 through GS-15. Appointments under this authority are not eligible for conversion to a career or career-conditional appointment and time on this appointment will not gain competitive status.
  • The periods of employment are dependent on the underlying projects or funding supporting them and may be extended up to 4 years.

Employees hired under this authority do not serve a probationary period and are eligible to work on a full-time or part-time basis.


The special programs coordinator of the Talent and Acquisition Programs Branch will evaluate the application materials, supporting documentation, qualifications, and experience of the applicant for the position being filled.

NOTE: You will not be considered if you fail to provide the required application documents.

Selectees are offered excepted service appointments of up to 2 years, but extensions may be possible with special considerations. Evaluations are conducted regularly to ensure that the Emerging Technology Fellow is making suitable progress towards stated goals.

Notification of Awards

Notification of awards will be made no later than August 2022.

Salary and Benefits

The annual salary for a Census Bureau Emerging Technology Fellow is consistent with the GS-13 through GS-15 grade levels, with adjustments depending on qualifications and experience.

Sick leave, annual leave, thrift savings (401(k) equivalent), and health and life insurance are available.

No commitment of the Census Bureau or the Emerging Technology Fellow program with regard to later employment is implied or should be inferred by the offer or acceptance of an award as an Emerging Technology Fellow.

How to Apply

If you are interested in the Emerging Technology Fellowship program, email your application to HRD.Schedule.A.Expert.Intern.Fellows.Hiring@census.gov.  Please include Emerging Technology Fellowship Application in the subject line.

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Page Last Revised - May 31, 2023
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