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Live Chat: Career and Professional Opportunities for Fellows


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 July 16 at 3 p.m. ET for the third of a six-part live chat series with current and alumni fellows. Learn how the fellowship broadens horizons and opens doors. Ask questions about Career & Professional Opportunities for Fellows.

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.



Cynthia Bernardez, Program Manager, AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships





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Dr. Ramón Barthelemy, 2015-2016 Executive Branch Fellow, U.S. Department of Education, Office of STEM

Ramón is a former Fulbright and AAAS Science Policy Fellow dedicated to equity and inclusion in STEM. Dr. Barthelemy’s work has included studying the experiences of women in graduate physics and astronomy, LGBT persistence in the field of physics, and the motivations of students to pursue physics in Finland. He holds a Bachelor of Astrophysics and Doctorate of Physics Education Research.


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Dr. Marguerite Matthews, 2016-2018 Executive Branch Fellow, National Institutes of Health, Office of Extramural Research

Marguerite Matthews, PhD is a health program specialist in the Office of Programs to Enhance Neuroscience Workforce Diversity at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). As a program specialist, Dr. Matthews supports NINDS diversity efforts and manages various diversity programs that provide research training and career development for students and early career neuroscientists. Prior to NINDS, she completed the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship (2016-2018) in the Office of Extramural Research, within the Office of the Director, at the National Institutes of Health, where she examined trends in the biomedical research workforce to enhance programs and policies that impact early career researchers in all biomedical disciplines. Dr. Matthews received her BS in biochemistry from Spelman College and her PhD in neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in behavioral neuroscience at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), where she also served as program director for the YES! Youth Engaged in Science outreach initiative and program director for the OHSU Fellowship for Diversity in Research Program to recruit and retain underrepresented minority postdoctoral researchers.


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Dr. Amina Schartup, 2017-2019 Executive Branch Fellow, National Science Foundation, Office of Polar Programs

Amina Schartup is an Assistant Professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) in San Diego, USA. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Paris V, a Master’s in Geochemistry from the University of Paris VII/Paris Institute of Earth’s Physics (IPGP), and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Connecticut. Prior to SIO, Amina was a researcher at Harvard University investigating mercury cycling in the Arctic and Subarctic. Concurrently, she spent 2 years (2017-2019) as a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. National Science Foundation in the Office of Polar Programs where she worked in the Arctic Sciences Section on efforts to coordinate national and international research that supports improving the resilience and sustainability of northern communities. Amina is particularly interested in research questions that address vulnerable communities needs and response to environmental change.

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