An independent, nonprofit organization with more than 500,000 activists and 130,000 members, the Union of Concerned Scientists is an independent science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment and a safer world. UCS combines independent scientific research and citizen action to develop innovative, practical solutions and to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices.
UCS’s Global Security Program, where Scoville Fellows would work, advocates for a safer world by seeking to eliminate the risks posed by nuclear arsenals and nuclear terrorism, to prevent the deployment of anti-satellite and space-based weapons, and to enhance international dialogue on security issues. UCS’s policy goals include stopping the deployment of new nuclear weapons, limiting the deployment of unworkable missile defenses, preventing the spread of nuclear weapons material and technology, securing deep cuts in world nuclear arsenals leading to their elimination, and increasing arms control expertise in China.
Scoville Fellows do not need a technical background to work at UCS. Fellows work primarily with the Global Security Washington Representative, who is responsible for presenting UCS’s positions to Congress, the administration, and the public. Among the fellowship’s participating organizations, UCS is one of the few that is active in every part of advocacy work. Fellows can get involved in all aspects, including research, writing, media work, work with Congress, and grass roots education. Ample opportunities are provided for Scoville Fellows to attend educational seminars and briefings and otherwise benefit from their Washington experiences.