Guidelines and Expectations for Fellows

Before the fellowship, Fellows are expected to:
  • Provide requested information and documentation to AAAS in a timely manner.
  • Attend the full orientation program in September to learn essential information about the legislative and the executive branches and to gain useful contacts.
  • Read materials provided before arrival at orientation.
  • If moving before the start of the fellowships, update AAAS Fellowships staff with the new address and contact info.
In their office, Fellows are expected to:
  • Honor the commitment to the full 12-month initial fellowship year.
  • Develop realistic and reasonable expectations; learn by observing, listening and applying knowledge and skills; maintain a flexible attitude.
  • Negotiate, write and submit a Professional Development Plan for the fellowship year within 45 days of the start of the fellowship assignment.
  • Perform professionally, demonstrate integrity and good judgment, and complete projects.
  • Make the effort to meet and interact with staff in the host office/committee — be proactive, ask questions, offer help, and demonstrate interest.
  • Articulate needs constructively, monitor progress, and address challenges.
  • Take initiative to obtain information to accomplish tasks and achieve fellowship goals.
  • Submit the mid-year and year-end reports by the stated deadlines.
  • Abide by both the AAAS and host office policies onethics and conflict of interest, and abide by the AAAS policies and procedures on annual leave and fellowship completion.
In addition to their work, Fellows are expected to:
  • Participate in the AAAS professional development activities as much as possible, including seminars, career enhancement sessions, skill-building workshops, and other events.
  • Participate in gatherings for current Fellows and alumni to build contacts and resources and cultivate collaborative networks for increased effect.
  • Participate in the year-end summit to reconnect, reflect, and share resources for future career plans.
  • Provide input and feedback in the year-long evaluation of activities, and of Fellows’ knowledge, skill development, attitudes, and satisfaction.
  • Enhance leadership abilities to heighten effectiveness and impact.
  • Ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities at the end of the fellowship.
After the fellowship, former S&T Policy Fellows are expected to:
  • Provide updated contact information for the Fellowship alumni directory.
  • Respond to requests for input and feedback in the long-term evaluation of the fellowships.
  • Serve as a resource for finalists and new Fellows and provide advice on placements, tips for success in the fellowship year, and input on challenges as well as opportunities.
  • Participate, when possible, in fellowship events and affinity groups.
  • Help distribute the annual call for applications to individuals, organizations, and networks.
  • Participate, when able, as a reviewer of fellowship applications.
  • Participate, when able, as a recruitment presenter, or on fellowships advisory panels and/or Selection Committees.

NOTE: If relocating it is necessary that activities related to establishing residency be completed outside of fellowship hours.