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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. Find out Why You? Why Now? Why STPF? Visit the 2018 Live Chat page to RSVP for other upcoming chats.

STPF is 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).

Apply! Applications open August 1. The deadline is November 1.



Cynthia Bernardez



Ankunda Kariisa, 2017-19 Executive Branch Fellow at U.S. Agency for International Development
Akunda Kariisa serves in the USAID Center for Digital Development. She holds a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.




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, he 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.

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