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S&T Policy Fellowships; Special 2 hour AAASLive

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Join current/alumni Fellows and Fellowship staff for a special two hour live online chat event to learn about the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology (S&T) Policy Fellowships, including the two new program areas: Big Data & Analytics and Judicial Branch.

Ask questions about current Fellows' science policy initiatives on Capitol Hill and at Federal Agencies, impact of the Fellowships on alumni Fellows' career path, how you can apply your science and engineering background to a career in science policy, the application process and more!

The first hour of this chat will focus on the S&T Policy Fellowships in general, how to apply, what is required, and what the fellowship is like. The second hour will focus on 2 new program areas that will be piloted during the next fellowships class. You can send questions before the chat to this address, be sure to add <end> after your question. Check twitter at #AAASLive for further updates. You don't need to have a twitter account to view updates there.

And an archive of our last chat with the S&T Policy Fellowships team is currently available to members of AAAS.

Chat Speakers:

From the AAAS S&T Policy Fellows Staff: Robert Harper, Barry Williams and Salaeha Shariff

Current AAAS S&T Policy Fellow: Carolyn Lauzon, PhD, 2012-13 EEA Fellow, Department of Energy in the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR)
Alumni AAAS S&T Policy Fellow: Mark Peterson, PhD, 2010-12 AAAS DSD Fellow, USAID, Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning, Office of Science and Technology

Two New Pilot Program Areas for 2014-15 and 2015-16 Fellowship Years

Big Data & Analytics 5-15 placements
Address a broad range of policymaking and implementation challenges by applying your analytical skills to data and trend analysis issues from infrastructure, technology, quality control, and presentation to security, integrity, and ethics.

Anticipated placement opportunities: Any federal agency in Washington DC that partners with AAAS

This program area is open to applicants who hold a doctoral-level degree (PhD, MD, DVM, DSc) in any scientific or engineering discipline or master's degree in engineering & three years of professional engineering experience.

Judicial Branch  1-2 placements
Contribute scientific and technical expertise to judicial administration, operations, education programs, protocol and discovery, or courtroom technology while learning first-hand about contemporary policy issues facing the judiciary.

Anticipated placement opportunities: The Federal Judicial Center or Federal Judicial Court of Washington, D.C.

This program area is open to applicants with a minimum of three years of post-doctoral professional experience. Applicants who also hold a J.D. degree or have legal experience are preferred.

Fellowship Overview

AAAS manages and administers S&T Policy Fellowships in seven program areas to provide the opportunity for accomplished scientists, physicians and engineers to participate in and contribute to the federal policymaking process while learning firsthand about the intersection of science and policy.

The Policy Fellowships engage scientists, physicians and engineers from a broad range of disciplines, backgrounds and career stages to contribute their knowledge and analytical skills to the federal government, learn first-hand about policymaking and implementation at the federal level, and build S&T leadership equipped to address complex societal challenges. The Fellowships provide an opportunity to develop knowledge of the interactions of branches of government, balance of power, federal budgetary process, policymaking processes, understanding of stakeholders and factors affecting policy, and create political awareness.


The fellowships offer placements in congressional offices and executive branch agencies. Congressional placements are funded by approximately 32 partner scientific and engineering societies and executive branch agencies are funded by the hosting offices.

Selection Process

The fellowships are highly competitive and use a peer-review selection process. Review is followed by individual interviews for semi-finalists in Washington, DC, conducted by selection committees comprised of professionals with expertise in the interface of science, technology, and policy. Semi-finalists selected as finalists are then invited back to Washington DC for placement interviews with a host office.

Application & Eligibility

The online application cycle opens 1 May 2013 and applicants must hold a PhD or an equivalent doctoral-level degree on/before the application deadline of 1 November 2013. Individuals with a master's degree in engineering and at least three years of professional experience also may apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Federal employees are not eligible for the fellowships.

Successful candidates should be able to demonstrate solid S&T credentials for their career stage, show a commitment to apply scientific or technical expertise to serve society, exhibit good communication skills, especially to non-scientific audiences, demonstrate strong problem-solving skills, initiative, maturity, good judgment, leadership qualities, and match to fellowship program area.

Details & More Information

The Fellowship year begins 1 September of each year with a comprehensive orientation program prior to the start of placements in the various sectors of government. AAAS also provides professional development programming throughout the year for Fellows.

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