Become a S&T Policy Fellow

AAAS seeks candidates from a broad array of backgrounds and a diversity of geographic, disciplinary, gender, and ethnic perspectives as well as disability status. Fellows have ranged in age from late 20s to early 70s. They represent a spectrum of career stages, from recent PhD graduates to faculty on sabbatical to retired scientists and engineers. Fellows also come from a range of sectors, including academia, industry, non-profit organizations, and government labs.

To be considered for a fellowship via AAAS, successful applicants must:
  • Hold a doctoral level degree (PhD, ScD, MD, DVM, etc.*), in any of the following:

Social and Behavioral sciences

Medical and Health sciences

Biological, Physical or Earth sciences

Computational sciences and Mathematics

Engineering disciplines (applicants with a MS in engineering and three years of professional experience also qualify).

Note: All requirements for the degree must be completed by the application deadline. A JD does not qualify as a doctoral level degree.

  • Have solid scientific and technical credentials and the endorsement of three references.
  • Show a commitment to serve society.
  • Exhibit good communication skills, both verbally and in writing, and the ability to engage with non-scientific audiences.
  • Demonstrate integrity, problem-solving ability, good judgment, flexibility, and leadership qualities.
  • Hold U.S. citizenship (dual citizenship from the United States and another country is acceptable).
  • Federal employees are not eligible for the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships.*

Note: Some program areas and agencies seek additional qualifications. Click on the Fellowship Areas Overview and review the host agencies and offices for details.

*Holding a Title 42 position is considered federal employment and therefore renders an applicant ineligible for a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship. Individuals working in postdoctoral positions at government labs or agencies, for private contractors, and in state government posts are not federal employees and therefore are eligible for the AAAS Fellowships.

Eligibility Requirements for Current Fellows Only

Current Fellows are eligible to apply for a second fellowship. The following guidelines are for applications from any current Fellow for an S&T Policy Fellowship® through AAAS.

  1. Fellows may serve for a maximum of three years in two different Washington, DC-based fellowships. This means that those in the first year may serve for an additional two years in a second fellowship. If already a second-year Fellow, eligibility is for one additional year in a different fellowship program. Fellows who apply for an Overseas Fellowship at a USAID Mission or a Global Health & Development Fellowship at the Gates Foundation may serve a maximum of four years, made up of a combination of Congressional, Executive branch, Overseas, and GHD Fellowships.
  2. Fellows cannot apply to the same fellowship program area or serve in the same agency twice. This applies to partner society Fellows, as well as those who have signed a Fellowship Agreement Form with AAAS. This means, for example, that a partner society Fellow at the National Institutes of Health may not apply to the AAAS Health, Education & Human Service program area, and a Fellow serving at the State Department or Department of Defense may not apply to the DSD program area.
  3. Fellows applying for a second fellowship must meet a higher bar than first-fellowship applicants. It is necessary to present a clear and compelling case for a second opportunity, including how you will contribute more and gain more from a second fellowship experience.

If you have specific questions not covered above please contact your program manager.