Become an S&T Policy Fellow


Fellows at the Year End Summit

Why be a fellow?

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF) provide opportunities to outstanding scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about policymaking while contributing their knowledge and analytical skills to the federal policymaking process. Fellows serve yearlong assignments in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the federal government in Washington. Each year, the program 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 the world.

Benefits of being a fellow

Gain hands-on policy experience in a challenging assignment. This fellowship is a transformative career opportunity. Fellows are a respected and coveted cadre in the federal policy arena. See what fellows learn and accomplish in our newsletter, Fellowship Focus.

Become a member of an influential network of fellows. The AAAS S&T Policy Fellow network is a powerful force in every realm: government, industry, academia, and the nonprofit sector. Current fellows convene regularly for Professional Development events, participate in Affinity Groups, and network, collaborate and share resources. Alumni participate in a number of activities including symposia, networking, and Affinity Groups. All fellows use FellowsCentral, a password-protected online community, to connect and collaborate with each other via listservs, a blog, discussion forums, and more.

Receive a stipend of $75-100,000 per year, along with other support including reimbursement for health care insurance.

Develop new skills. Every fellowship includes a yearlong Professional Development program. Commencing with a two-week orientation, we host a series of trainings and workshops in areas including policy, leadership, and communications designed to maximize each fellow’s proficiency in the qualifications used as benchmarks for Senior Executive Service (SES) recruitment by the U.S. Government.

Experience life in the nation’s capital. Washington calls! Some fellows also have the opportunity to travel nationally and overseas for their host office.

Practice skills and expand your network. Fellows run a variety of Affinity Groups that focus on a wide range of policy issues. Activities range from planning and promoting presentations by distinguished guest speakers, to workshops, symposia, and multi-day conferences.

Get published. Sci on the Fly is a fellow-run, high-traffic blog to which STPF fellows may contribute. Many fellows also have opportunities with their host office to publish reports and other media.

Learn about career opportunities in academia, nonprofit, government, and the private sector at our annual career summit, and via the Fellows Careers listserv.

Get involved with AAAS. The American Association for the Advancement of Science offers a wealth of resources from career services and events, to volunteer opportunities and late-breaking science news and analysis. Many of these resources are particularly useful to DC locals who can participate in person.