18 Jul

Live Chat: A Day in the Life of an S&T Policy Fellow

The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship (STPF) program is the premier opportunity for outstanding scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about public policy while contributing valuable knowledge and analytical skills to address today’s most pressing societal challenges. Over 45 years, STPF has been fostering a strong network of STEM leaders who understand policymaking and forge broader career paths.

Join us on July 18 at 3:00 p.m. ET to chat live with STPF fellows and ask your own questions. Register for other upcoming chats on the Live Chat series page.

Apply August 1 through November 1. STPF is open to U.S. citizens who hold doctoral level degrees in: Medical and Health sciences; Biological, Physical or Earth sciences; Social and Behavioral Sciences; Computational sciences and Mathematics; and/or Engineering disciplines (applicants with an M.S. in engineering and three years of professional experience also qualify).


STAFFCynthia Bernardez


Ankunda Kariisa, 2017-19 Executive Branch Fellow at U.S. Agency for International Development

Ankunda leads the USAID Digital Finance team's monitoring, evaluation and learning efforts. She also plays a key role supporting the team's sector integration work, with a specific focus on global health.  Prior to joining USAID, Ankunda was a post-doctoral researcher in microbiology at the University of Washington in Seattle where she worked on antibiotic resistance. She obtained a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from University of North Carolina (UNC-CH) in Chapel Hill, studying cholera, and a Bachelor of Science in physiology with a minor in pharmacology and therapeutics from McGill University.


Peter Winter, 2015-16 Congressional Science & Engineering Fellow sponsored by the Optical Society and Materials Research Society, 2016-18 Executive Branch Fellow at Department of Energy

While serving as a fellow in the office of Senator Chris Coons, Peter worked on manufacturing, innovation and economic policy issues. During his training as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, he developed optical imaging technology for application in biomedical research. Peter’s research has led to the publication of over a dozen peer-reviewed scientific papers, a book chapter, and invitations to present at conferences and universities around the world. He holds a Ph.D. in cell and molecular biology from Colorado State University.