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How to Make Your STPF Application Stand Out

There are more than 250 AAAS S&T Policy Fellows across the federal government tackling nearly every public policy issue imaginable. Each has a unique fellowship experience. Where do all fellows’ journeys begin? They all start with a great application.

Whether you’re ready to hit “submit” or you’re just getting started, here are some resources to get organized and make your application shine. But don’t delay: the STPF application closes on November 1.

I Haven’t Started Yet

Application overview. This is a handy overview of the application. What should be included in your applicant statement? How long can your CV be? How many references do you need? Find out here.

Write a great application. Watch these fellows give insider tips on crafting a great application.

How are applicants evaluated? It’s not a secret! Find out what reviewers will look for in your application. See what makes a perfect score.

Fellows chat about the application and interview. You don’t have to rely on your magic 8-ball for an answer. Watch this webinar that was recorded on June 17.

I’m In the Middle of My App

Select two program areas. Read up on fellowship placements: executive, legislative, judicial, and Revelle. We encourage applicants not to limit themselves and to apply to two program areas.

Ask references for a recommendation letter. Remember that your references need time to write the perfect letter. Let them know to which program areas you are applying and share resources with them about the fellowship for context.

Enlist a good proofreader. Be sure your materials are error-free and reflect your best self.

I’ve Already Hit ‘Submit’ – What’s Next?

Get an overview of the review process. Hitting “submit” is the first step in a process that takes several months. Prepare for a virtual interview. Read up on policy memos.

RSVP for the October live chat. This is your chance to Ask a Fellow Anything including what to expect from life as a fellow.

Good luck! The deadline to apply is November 1: apply here.


Jessica Soule

Recruitment, Marketing & Alumni Engagement Director

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