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AAAS Seeks Applications for the STPF Rapid Response Cohort in AI

May 1, 2024 deadline to nominate or apply.

Now is a pivotal time to shape the future of artificial intelligence. With Congress working on multiple legislative efforts, scientific and engineering expertise is needed immediately to inform federal policymaking. AAAS is seeking scientists and engineers from a wide range of disciplines to provide a rapid response to this urgent need on Capitol Hill. Congress is preparing to meet the urgent need to shape AI policies, and AI-STPF fellows will be extraordinary assets in helping to understand political, social, cyber and economic impacts for our country and the world. AAAS is seeking leads and interested applicants.  

Deadline: May 1, 2024

Placement Term: September 1, 2024 – August 31, 2025

Eligibility: With expertise in a range of relevant fields and experience spanning industry, academia and beyond, AI fellows will be part of STPF legislative branch fellowships and placed in the personal and committee offices of Members of Congress. Poised and at-the-ready as embedded staff members, fellows of the AI-STPF cohort will be a trusted resource providing in-house expertise and analysis for decision-makers providing knowledge, insight and guidance in support of smart policies for this powerful technology.    

The subject matter area expertise sought includes, but is not limited to:  

  • AI and generative technologies  
  • Robotics  
  • Psychology and human factors  
  • Computer science and engineering  
  • Machine learning  
  • Economics and political science  
  • Information technology  
  • Data science  
  • Mathematics and statistics  
  • Health technology  

Candidates may come from a range of career stages, degree levels, and experience. You must have a Ph.D., a Master’s degree PLUS at least 3 years of post-degree work experience, or a BS degree PLUS five years of post-degree work experience. While prior government experience is not required, previous engagement with political, social and regulatory challenges is especially welcome. Applicants who are new to the program, as well as STPF alumni and current fellows who are not already committed to a 2024-25 fellowship placement, are eligible. To be considered for this opportunity, individuals must be U.S. citizens.  

Location:  As with all AAAS STPF fellowships, the AI-STPF cohort will be based in the Washington, DC area, and fellows must reside in Washington DC, Maryland or northern Virginia for the duration of the fellowship.  

Benefits: Fellows will receive a stipend in the GS-12, Step 10 level for federal employees in the Washington, DC locality ($128,956 as of 2024), along with additional benefits including a relocation allowance, health insurance and transit benefits.   

The fellowship will begin on September 1, 2024 with a mandatory two-week, in-person orientation program in the Washington, D.C. area on the workings of the federal government that provides exposure to some of the issues, institutions and individuals involved in federal policymaking. Throughout the fellowship year, fellows will have access to professional development training and workshops relevant to policy, communication, leadership and career strategies. The fellowship will conclude on August 31, 2025.  

Apply here.

To make a nomination for the AI rapid response cohort, email  

On April 22nd at 1 p.m. ET, we will be hosting a Live Chat, “Taking Your Technical Expertise to AI Policy,” with three current AAAS STPF AI Cohort fellows. This live chat serves to deepen understanding of the fellowship experience and will be followed by a Q&A, so bring your questions! Register here.

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