AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship

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Location: Washington, D.C.

Branch: Legislative (staffer for legislator’s office), Executive (Federal Agencies)

Duration: 1 year

Eligibility: recently graduated PhD, US citizen

Stipend: 80-$105k, allowance for health insurance

Summary: AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF) provide opportunities to outstanding scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about policymaking and contribute their knowledge and analytical skills in the policy realm. Fellows serve yearlong assignments in the federal government and represent a broad range of backgrounds, disciplines, and career stages. Each year, STPF adds to a growing corps over 3,000 strong of policy-savvy leaders working across academia, government, nonprofits, and industry to serve the nation and citizens around the world. Website

Deadlines: Deadlines for 2018 (program starting 2019) have already passed. The deadline for the 2020 program is November 1st, 2019.


California Science and Technology Fellowship

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Location: Sacramento, California

Branch: CA State Legislative

Duration: 1 year

Eligibility: recently graduated PhD, US citizen (others considered, see here for details)

Stipend: $50k, reimbursement for relocation, allowance for health insurance.

Summary: To address the challenge this represents, each year the CCST Science Fellows program recruits a corps of ten PhD scientists and engineers. These Science Fellows spend one year in Sacramento, directly serving policymakers within the California State Legislature. Working as legislative staff within the State Senate or State Assembly, these scientific minds get a front-row seat learning about the craft and process of lawmaking in the State of California. CCST Science Fellows work alongside with legislators to evaluate complex scientific issues, interpret data, while tackling the responsibilities of full-time legislative staffers. Website

Deadlines: Application period Dec 1, 2018-Feb 28, 2019 for a fellowship beginning November 1st, 2019 and ending October 31st, 2020.


Eagleton Science and Politics Fellowship

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Location: NJ

Branch: NJ State Legislative or Executive Branch Office

Duration: 1 year

Eligibility: PhD will be awarded before start of program, US citizen or acceptable immigrant status

Stipend: $48k

Summary: Offers PhD-level scientists and engineers the opportunity to apply their scientific training and expertise to the development and implementation of relevant state policy. The program will provide participating New Jersey state legislative and executive branch offices ready access to trusted in-house science advisers to help facilitate government decision-making related to the wide range of critical public policies involving complex science, engineering, and technology. Fellows will develop an understanding of state government and how to build careers in public service. Supported by a stipend, selected Fellows will participate in an intensive summer training seminar focused on New Jersey state politics and government; covering topics such as effective communication strategies, power structures, and political processes. Each Fellow will complete a one-year, full-time placement as a science aide in a legislative or executive branch office. Website

Deadlines: Applications period Nov 30, 2018-Jan 13, 2019 for a fellowship beginning August 2019 and ending July 2020.


STPI’s Science Policy Fellowship Program

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Location: Washington, DC

Branch: Non-profit, fellowship in Institute for Defense Analysis’ Science and Technology Policy Institute.

Duration: 2 years

Eligibility: Recent Bachelor’s degree, US citizen. NOT for PhD-holders.

Stipend: Yes, dollar amount not indicated on website

Summary: IDA’s two-year Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) Fellowship provides recent bachelor’s degree recipients with a unique opportunity to use their critical thinking and analytic skills to work on a diverse set of challenges in science and technology (S&T) policy areas, including energy and the environment, space sciences, innovation and competitiveness, evaluation, life sciences, information technologies, national security, and STEM education. Fellows will be involved in collaborative research for leaders in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President and other Federal Government organizations, such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Website

Deadlines: October 2019 to January 15, 2020 for a fellowship beginning in 2020.


Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program

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Location: Washington, D.C.

Branch: Policy and Global Affairs within The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, & Medicine

Duration: 12 Weeks

Eligibility:Graduate students, postdoctoral students, & professional school students

Stipend: $9,000

Summary: This program is designed to increase the understanding and appreciation of the role of science and technology in decision-making. This provides fellows with an opportunity to explore career paths outside academia and apply their knowledge of science and technology in society. It is a full-time, hands-on training and educational program to demonstrate the role that scientists and engineers play in advising the nation. Each fellow is assigned to a senior staff member who will provide guidance and mentorship on a focused project. Website

Deadlines: Applications are open from June 17, 2019 until September 6, 2019 for a session which runs from Jan 21, 2020 until April 10, 2020.


Gulf Research Program Science Policy Fellowship

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Location: Gulf of Mexico

Branch: Gulf Research Program within The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, & Medicine

Duration: 1 Year

Eligibility: Masters or PhD

Stipend: $55,000 + up to $5,000 in additional support for trainings or travel

Summary: First-hand policymaking experience on the staff of federal, state, local, or non-governmental environmental, natural resource, oil and gas, and public health agencies in the Gulf of Mexico region. Website

Deadlines: The application period for 2020 will open in December 2019 for a fellowship which begins September 2020 and runs through August 2021.


John Bahcall Public Policy Fellowship

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Location: Washington, D.C.

Branch: American Astronomical Society

Duration: 1-2 Years

Eligibility: PhD in astronomical sciences or a related field

Stipend: The salary for this position is commensurate with other DC-based postdoctoral fellowships, plus benefits provided to all AAS employees

Summary: Opportunity for early career astronomers to gain experience in the world of science policy, work in close partnership with the Director of Public Policy on direct advocacy for issues in astronomical sciences, supporting the work of the Committee on Astronomy and Public Policy, and coordinate multiple congressional visits days for groups of AAS members. Website

Deadline: The applications for 2019 closed on March 1st, 2019.


AGU Congressional Science Fellowship

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Location: Washington, D.C.

Branch: Legislative

Duration: 1 Year

Eligibility: Aimed at geoscientists with a doctorate degree, but no absolute restrictions on age, educational or career level, or specific scientific background

Stipend: $68,000 + travel vouchers and health coverage

Summary: "The Congressional Science Fellowship program places highly qualified, accomplished scientists, engineers, and other professionals in the offices of either an individual member of Congress or on a committee for a one-year assignment. The AGU Congressional Fellow will have the opportunity to make significant contributions to public policy during their time working with Congress. Past Fellows have been directly involved in water policy, climate research, energy conservation, and a range of other issues that are of high priority to society.... Activities range from assisting in the preparation of major parts of authorization bills, writing press releases or speeches for members of congress on a wide range of topics, answering constituent mail, assisting in legislative debates on the floors of the House and the Senate, or meeting with lobbyists, special interest groups or agency representatives." Website

Deadlines: Applications for the 2019-2020 fellowship closed January 15, 2019.


AIP Congressional Fellowship Program

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Location: Washington, D.C.

Branch: Legislative

Duration: 1 year

Eligibility: Membership in one of more of AIP’s Member Societies, PhD in physics or a field closely related to physical sciences (must be complete before start of fellowship term), legal authorization to work in the US.

Stipend: $77,500, plus a relocation allowance, allowance for professional development travel, and reimbursement for health insurance premium.

Summary: "The American Institute of Physics sponsors two scientists annually to spend a year providing analytical expertise and scientific advice to Congress. This enables scientists to broaden their experience through direct involvement with the legislative and policy processes.

Fellows gain a perspective which, ideally, will enhance not only their own careers but also the physics community’s ability to more effectively communicate with its representatives in Congress." Website

Deadlines: January 15 of the year of the fellowship term being applied for (i.e, January 15, 2020 for a 2020-2021 fellowship term).


AIP State Department Fellowship Program

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Location: Washington, D.C.

Branch: Executive

Duration: 1 year

Eligibility: Member of one or more of AIP’s member societies, US citizenship, PhD in physics or closely related field (completed before fellowship term), eligibility for security clearance.

Stipend: $77,500 plus relocation allowance, allowance for professional development travel, reimbursement for health insurance premiums.

Summary: Most of the foreign policy issues faced by the U.S. Department of State have a scientific or technical component. This Fellowship is intended to enhance the S&T capacity of the Department by enabling a scientist or engineer to work at the Department’s Washington, DC headquarters for a one-year term.

This is a unique opportunity to contribute scientific and technical expertise to the Department and raise awareness of the value of scientific input. In turn, scientists broaden their experience by interacting with policymakers in the federal government and learning about the foreign policy process

The American Astronomical Society generously provides an annual contribution to the AIP State Department Science Fellowship. Website

Deadlines: October 15th, 2019 for a fellowship running from 2019-2020.


APS Congressional Science Fellowship

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Location: Washington, D.C.

Branch: Legislative

Duration: 1 year

Eligibility: PhD in physics or closely related field and membership in APS.

Stipend: $77,500 plus relocation allowance, allowance for professional development travel, reimbursement for health insurance premiums.

Summary: Public policy increasingly is determined by technical considerations. A perusal of the daily press — from page one through the health and business sections — illustrates that science is a major component of many issues with which Congress must grapple: global warming, energy policy, defense technologies, AIDS, pollution, communications technologies, and many, many more.

It is the aim of the APS and AIP in sponsoring these fellowships to provide a public service by making available individuals with scientific knowledge and skills to Members of Congress, few of whom have a technical background. In turn, the program enables scientists to broaden their experience through direct involvement with the legislative and political processes. Fellows gain a perspective which, ideally, will enhance not only their own careers but also the physics community's ability to more effectively communicate with its representatives in Congress. Today's budget climate makes this ability of increasing importance as shrinking resources force hard choices between worthy projects. Website

Deadlines: January 15, 2020 for the 2020-2021 fellowship term.


Jefferson Science Fellows Program

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Location: Washington, D.C.

Branch: Executive — Department of State or USAID

Duration: 1 year

Eligibility: US citizenship, must be a scientist/technologist/engineer/physician holding a tenured/similarly ranked academic appointment at a US college or university. Must maintain security clearances. Home institution must sign a Memorandum of Understanding.

Stipend: None; your university must agree to continue paying your salary and benefits.

Summary: “The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine administers the JSF program. The JSF is open to tenured, or similarly ranked, faculty from U.S. institutions of higher learning who are U.S. citizens. Jefferson Science Fellows spend one year on assignment at the U.S. Department of State or USAID contributing to the work of foreign policy or international development issues. Assignments are tailored to the needs of the hosting office, while taking into account the Fellows’ interests and areas of expertise. Following the fellowship year, Fellows will return to their academic career but remain available to the U.S. government as experienced consultants for short-term projects.” Website

Deadlines: Applications open from August 1st, 2019 to October 31st, 2019 (5pm).


Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internship Program

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Location: Washington, D.C.

Branch: Executive

Duration: 10 weeks

Eligibility: Summer program (undergraduates only), Autumn program (undergraduates and graduate students). Must be majoring in physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology, or geology. Have long-term career goals in space science research, applications, or policy.

Stipend: $14.50-$18.00/hour.

Summary: “As part of its celebration of the 50th anniversary of its founding, the Space Studies Board (SSB) has expanded the scope of the Space Policy Intern program it has operated since 1992 by initiating the Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internships. The goal of the program is to provide promising undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to work in the area of civil space research policy in the Nation's capital, under the aegis of the SSB. The Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internships are offered twice annually.

Established in 1958 to serve as the focus of the interests and responsibilities in space research for the National Academies, the Board provides an independent, authoritative forum for information and advice on all aspects of space science and applications, and it serves as the focal point within the National Academies for activities on space research. It oversees advisory studies and program assessments, facilitates international research coordination, and promotes communications on space science and science policy between the research community, the federal government, and the interested public. The SSB also serves as the U.S. National Committee for the International Council for Science (ICSU) Committee on Space Research (COSPAR).

Interns typically undertake one or more short-term research projects designed to assist with or to enhance ongoing study projects. The projects undertaken by the SSB standing committees and ad hoc task groups are in constant flux, with studies being completed and new studies beginning on a regular basis. Although this makes it difficult to predict just what the interns will get to work on, it also ensures their exposure to the different stages of the study process –from project initiation, through the committee process, and the final publication of committee reports - as several studies are being undertaken simultaneously. Please visit the SSB projects and committees sites for more information on our current activities.” Website

Deadlines: Not specified.