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The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF) 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. STPF fosters a network of STEM leaders who understand government and policymaking. Fellows gain invaluable knowledge of and experience with processes and priorities that drive public policy as well as a holistic understanding of our nation’s scientific enterprise.

Join us on October 8 at 2:00 pm ET for the last of a six-part live chat series with current and alumni fellows. You can Ask a Fellow Anything about the fellowship – from how to nail your statement of interest to what it’s like working in the federal government. All questions are welcome!

View the full chat schedule here.

The AAAS S&T Policy Fellowships are open to U.S. citizens who hold doctoral level degrees in any of the following:

  • Medical and Health sciences.
  • Biological, Physical or Earth sciences.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences.
  • Computational sciences and Mathematics.
  • Engineering disciplines (applicants with an M.S. in engineering and three years of professional experience also qualify).

The application deadline is November 1.

Before the chat, read an overview of the STPF program so we have more time to answer specific questions relevant to you.




Jessica Soule, STPF Director of Recruitment, Marketing & Alumni Engagement




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Amanda Corcos, 2018-20 Executive Branch Fellow, U.S. Department of State, Office of Intellectual Property Enforcement

Amanda Corcos is a chemist with a background in inorganic, organometallic, and organic materials chemistries. While at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Corcos studied multiply-bonded bimetallic reactive intermediates in order to elucidate their role in catalytic reactions. After receiving her Ph.D., Amanda moved to Chicago, IL where she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University studying a new class of polymers, covalent organic frameworks (COFs), and incorporated them into membranes for use in water purification and desalination. During this time she also interned at the university's technology transfer and innovation office where she evaluated new inventions for their patentability, marketability, and commercialization potential. Currently, Amanda is a AAAS 2018-2020 Executive Branch Fellow at the U.S. Department of State in the Office of Intellectual Property Enforcement, and her portfolio covers 50 countries, including EU and non-EU Europe.



Allyson Kennedy, 2017-19 Executive Branch Fellow, National Science Foundation, Division of Computer and Network Systems

After 7 years of academic research, teaching, and community outreach, Dr. Kennedy took my passion for STEM education to Washington D.C. to serve as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy fellow at the National Science Foundation. In this role, she builds relationships with stakeholders across Federal, K-12 education, non-profit, and academic sectors to make computer science education inclusive for all students.



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Vince Tedjasaputra, 2019-20 Executive Branch Fellow, National Science Foundation, Office of Legislative and Public Affairs

Vincent Tedjasaputra is a 2019-20 AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, placed at the National Science Foundation, in the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs. In his placement, he draws on his expertise as a public speaking coach to teach other scientists to be better storytellers to better convey their message to policymakers and other stakeholders. 

Dr. Tedjasaputra is a former college athlete-turned Exercise Physiologist from San Diego, CA. He earned a B.S. in Human Biology at UC San Diego, an M.S. in Exercise Physiology at San Diego State University, a Ph.D. in Physical Education and Recreation the University of Alberta. Prior to coming to the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship, he completed  a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pulmonary Physiology at the UC San Diego School of Medicine. Outside of science, Vincent is a classically trained opera singer and amateur ice hockey player, drawing on both his lung science and exercise physiology background.

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