AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship


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. Expected deadline for the 2020 program is November, 2019.

California Science and Technology Fellowship


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.

Eagleton Science and Politics Fellowship


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.

STPI’s Science Policy Fellowship Program


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: Deadlines already passed for the 2019 program, but deadlines for the 2020 program are expected to be in the Fall of 2019.

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.

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.

John Bahcall Public Policy Fellowship


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.

AGU Congressional Science Fellowship


Location: Washington, D.C.

Branch: American Geophysical Union

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."