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Become a Research Scholar at the Center

Are you fascinated about policy issues at the intersection of science and diplomacy?

Did you recently receive your doctorate in the natural sciences, engineering, or political science/international relations?

Are you interested in spending up to 6 months in Washington, DC, pursuing independent research?


The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Center for Science Diplomacy is pleased to announce an opportunity for early-career researchers to be resident at the Center to conduct short-term, independent research as a research scholar. Research topics will be jointly developed between the scholar and the Center in policy areas at the intersection of science and technology and diplomacy.

This program operates on a continuous basis, with the Center hosting one research scholar at any given time for a duration of three to no more than six months. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Compensation or coverage of research-related expenses will be provided. The research scholar is not eligible for employment benefits. 

***Please note that applications received are currently being considered for 2017 or later start dates***


  • A Ph.D. or doctoral-equivalent degree in an area of science, engineering, or political science/international relations received within the past five years. In exceptional circumstances, a student currently pursuing a doctoral degree with a strong background in both S&T and international relations could be considered for the position; however, this program does not fund research intended towards completion of a degree.
  • Excellent research skills.
  • Experience with policy issues, particularly in areas related to international relations, if the advanced degree is in science or engineering; experience with S&T issues, if the advanced degree is in political science/international relations.
  • Solid written and verbal communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills.

To apply, please click here.