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Make 2022 Your Year: How to Prepare for an STPF Fellowship

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Each year, the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship (STPF) application opens on June 1. If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve considered applying to STPF at some point in your career. 

Whether you are counting down the days until the application opens, or you have your sights set on STPF in the future, there are plenty of resources to help you explore your options and plug into the science policy community right now. 

Applying this year? 

Get started now to submit your most compelling application possible. 

  • Review the eligibility criteria. In addition to citizenship, work and other eligibility criteria, your qualifying degree must be complete by the application deadline – November 1. 

  • Learn how applicants are evaluated. Candidates are reviewed in five categories: scientific and technical background, leadership potential, communication, and analytical skills. Understand them all and use it to inform your application and letters of reference. 

  • Get familiar with the application & essay prompts. There are eight steps in the application, some of which “unlock” after you select program areas. Check out the handy application overview to understand the app, including essay prompts. Writing is an iterative process, and you can start brainstorm your responses now. 

  • Rekindle your relationship with references. Who will you ask to be your three references? Do they know your interest in science policy? One of the biggest barriers to completing an application is identifying three references who you can rely on to submit their letters of recommendation by November 1. 

Applying in the future? Chart a course 

Planning to apply in the future? You have the advantage of time. Here are ways to plug into the science policy community, build your network and hone policy-related skills – all of which will strengthen your application when you apply. 

Learn about science policy 

As you consider your career path and the role science policy could play, consider these different ways to engage. 

Remember: there is no single path to the fellowship, and it’s never too early (or too late!) to map out your science policy journey. Regardless of what you ultimately choose to do in science policy, STPF applauds your intention to get involved and we are available to answer any questions at


Jessica Soule

Alumni Engagement Director

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