AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships

Washington,  DC 
United States
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The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships is the premier professional development and public service opportunity for doctoral-level scientists and engineers. Fellows learn first-hand about policymaking, bring valuable STEM expertise to address societal challenges, and enhance their careers. Fellows serve yearlong assignments in the federal government in Washington.


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  • Become a AAAS S&T Policy Fellow
    Interested in science policy? Want to have an impact? Read on to learn how you can join a strong corps of more than 3,400 policy-savvy alumni fellows working across sectors to serve the nation and citizens around the world....

  • About the AAAS S&T Policy Fellowships

    Each class of AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellows represents a broad range of backgrounds, disciplines, and career stages. Fellows come from a range of STEM disciplines including hydrologists, geoscientists, and atmospheric scientists, to name a few. Fellows serve yearlong assignments in all three branches of the federal government in Washington D.C. AAAS sponsors more than 150 placements in the executive branch, two legislative placements and one judicial placement. In recent years, fellows have served in agencies including NOAA, NASA, EPA, USDA, and the State Department.

    What’s it like to be a fellow?

    Fellows gain hands-on policy experience, and help develop and execute solutions to address societal challenges. Fellow contributions may include policy research, drafting briefings and reports, and implementing policies to enhance reproducibility of research through rigor and transparency.

    Fellows receive a stipend, health insurance, travel and training support, professional development, relocation allowances, and more. Read more about stipend and benefits.

    Want to learn more? Watch a recent Live Chat webinar on demand, to hear from current and alumni fellows!

    Join a strong corps of more than 3,400 policy-savvy alumni fellows working across sectors to serve the nation and citizens around the world. Experience why so many alumni fellows say the fellowships accelerated their career path.

    Eligibility Criteria

    STPF is seeking candidates with strong STEM credentials, an interest in career transformation and a desire to enhance federal policy.

    • Doctoral-level degree (PhD, MD, DVM, DSc, etc.) in any scientific, social science, or engineering discipline.
    • Master’s in engineering plus three years of full-time professional engineering experience.
    • U.S. citizenship.
    • See complete eligibility criteria here

    How to Apply

    The STPF application will open in 2021. Register an account with STPF today; begin your application in the spring. Applications accepted June 1 - November 1, 2021.