S&T Fellowship Program Areas

AAAS offers fellowships in seven programmatic areas. Click on the programs shown for a brief description. You can also click on the placement opportunities for more detail on the types of assignments available. Specific host offices and assignments vary from year to year.

Congressional (2 placements sponsored by AAAS*)
AAAS Congressional Science & Engineering Fellows spend a year on Capitol Hill helping to research, develop and draft legislation and provide input to policy review and oversight.

Anticipated placement opportunities:

  • Offices of Members of Congress
  • Congressional Committees

*AAAS sponsors two congressional placements. Additional congressional placements are available through approximately 30 scientific society partners. Individuals are encouraged to apply to a AAAS sponsored Fellowship as well as to any partner societies for which they qualify. AAAS administers the placement process for all Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows and Fellows are not to solicit potential placements before the end of their orientation (varies, but typically the third week of September each year).

Diplomacy, Security & Development Program (30-40 placements)
Infuse scientific and technical expertise into policy development and program planning, implementation and evaluation in the areas of:

  • Foreign policy and international trade, treaty engagement, and multilateral cooperation
  • Disaster preparedness and response
  • Infrastructure, environmental, cyber and health security, terrorism and warfare prevention, and nonproliferation
  • International aid, capacity building, and development assistance

Anticipated placement opportunities:

  • Agency for International Development
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of State
  • Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health
  • Foreign Agricultural Service of the Department of Agriculture

Energy, Environment, Agriculture Program (30-40 placements)
Engage in projects, policies, risk assessment, evaluation, and outreach initiatives to:

  • Protect animal, plant and environmental health
  • Address ecosystem degradation, pollution, and biological threats
  • Tackle challenges and opportunities in agriculture, fisheries, climate change, and energy
  • Safeguard air, water, land, wildlife, and natural resources

Anticipated placement opportunities:

  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Energy
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • National Science Foundation
  • U.S. Geological Survey

Health, Education, & Human Services Program (30-40 placements)
Support improved programs, policies, planning, risk analysis, regulation, monitoring and evaluation for a broad range of initiatives in:

  • Preventive and community health, disease identification and response, and medical research
  • Individual, family and community social services, systems and support
  • Food, processing and distribution safety
  • Science education, research, and innovation

Anticipated placement opportunities:

  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Science Foundation
  • Food Safety Inspection Service of the Department of Agriculture

Big Data & Analytics (5-15 placements) 
Address a broad range of policymaking and implementation challenges by applying your analytical skills to data and trend analysis issues from infrastructure, technology, quality control, and presentation to security, integrity, and ethics.

Anticipated placement opportunities: Any federal agency in Washington, D.C. that partners with AAAS

Judicial Branch* (1-2 placements) 

The Judicial Branch Fellowship* affords scientists and engineers the unique opportunity to contribute to the most challenging science policy issues facing the federal courts today. A judicial placement allows an S&T Policy Fellow to contribute scientific and technical expertise to judicial administration, operations, education programs, protocol and discovery, or courtroom technology while learning first-hand about contemporary policy issues facing the judiciary. Judicial fellows are committed to fusing science with policy and the law.

Judicial fellows work with their host office to develop a portfolio that allows the fellow to contribute his/her unique scientific and technical background to help develop recommendations and guidance for the federal courts. Judicial fellows are anticipated to serve their fellowship at the Federal Judicial Center.

* This program area is open to applicants with a minimum of three years of post-doctoral professional experience. Applicants who also hold a J.D. degree or have legal experience are preferred.

Roger Revelle Fellowship in Global Stewardship (Available select years)
The Roger Revelle Fellowship in Global Stewardship was established in 1997 in recognition of Roger R.D. Revelle, who was an internationally renowned statesman of science. His interests were broad, and he excelled across numerous fields of study.

The Revelle Fellow will engage with professionals in the public policy arena to strengthen his or her understanding of the intricacies of environmental policymaking and make practical contributions to the more effective use of scientific and technical knowledge in federal decision-making. The Revelle Fellowship is designed to provide a unique opportunity for an accomplished scientist to address global stewardship issues by applying his or her broad, multidisciplinary background toward solutions to important societal problems, including:

  • ecosystems
  • population
  • sustainable development
  • global climate change

Anticipated placement opportunities:

  • Any federal agency
  • Congressional office or committee
  • Any environmental or sustainability oriented non-profit organization in Washington, DC

Note: This fellowship is open only to applicants with three years of post-doctoral degree professional experience (or six years of post-degree professional experience for applicants with an MS in engineering).

Alumni Fellowships

AAAS partners with U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to provide fellowship opportunities specifically for alumni of the STPF program. These fellowships are available only to STPF alumni from the past six years who have completed at least one year as a fellow in Washington, DC. 

Overseas Fellowships at USAID Missions

The AAAS Overseas Fellowships offer alumni the experience of living and working overseas at a U.S. Embassy or a USAID Mission or Regional Office. These fellowships one year international assignments that are potentially renewable for a second year. In the 2014-15 fellowship cycle, 19 fellows are serving at 12 USAID Missions and regional offices in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eurasia. 

Hear fellows’ perspectives on the their contributions at USAID Missions.

Overseas Fellowships are expected to begin between September – December 2015 for a duration of 12 months. A list of participating Missions and fellowship position descriptions are expected by mid-January 2015.

The fellow’s primary responsibility is to help identify key opportunities for strategies and programs where science and technology can be harnessed to advance development in the host country and/or region.

Additional criteria and information about the application and placement processes are outlined in the AAAS Overseas Fellowship Guidelines. Important information is also outlined in the FAQ.

Global Health & Development Fellowships (Eligibility limited to current/alumni AAAS Fellows only)

Fellows at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation contribute to evidence-based decision-making within the Foundation’s Global Health and Global Development Programs. Current fellows serve as program officers on the discovery and translational sciences group, where they help build cooperative partnerships and collaborations between partners and grantees, monitor and track S&T trends relevant to key initiatives, and provide analysis of opportunities based on the latest and most innovative thinking in the field.

The GHD alumni program is currently on hiatus until further notice. We are confident that this program will be continued in future fellowship years, once the Foundation completes an update to the goals and objectives of the program. If you have any specific questions regarding this opportunity, please contact Rick Kempinski at rkempins@aaas.org.


Application Requirements & Deadlines

The online application for both programs will open on January 9, 2015. The deadline for all applications is January 31, 2015.

The application requires:

  • Biographical statement: Maximum of 200 words.
  • Candidate Statement: Maximum of 1,000 words outlining your interest in the Overseas Fellowship or the Global Health & Development Fellowship, your qualifications, what you expect to contribute, and what you hope to gain.
  • Resume: Not to exceed four pages.

Fellows are eligible to apply to both the Overseas and GHD Fellowships, but must submit a separate application to each program.

For more information, please contact Rick Kempinski.