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.
Note: All requirements for the degree must be completed by the application deadline. During the application process, you will receive information linking you to an external organization we are using to verify the aforementioned eligibility criteria. A nominal cost paid by you directly to the external vendor is involved in this verification process. Some program areas and agencies seek additional qualifications. Click on the Fellowship Areas Overview  and review the host agencies and offices for details.
*A JD does not qualify as a doctoral level degree. **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.