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New Fellows to Bring Data Science Expertise to Federal Government

This fall, STPF anticipates welcoming three additional fellows jointly sponsored by a collective of new partner societies. These fellows will have experience in areas including causal inference and machine learning to help meet a rising demand for data science expertise in the government.



The fellowships are for one year in a federal agency – such as the Census Bureau – or congressional office. They are made possible with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, American Statistical Association, American Mathematical Society, Association for Computing Machinery, Institute of Mathematical Statistics, Mathematical Association of America, and the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

"We are grateful to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for this opportunity to become sponsors of the prestigious AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships," said ASA Executive Director Ron Wasserstein. "We wholeheartedly support their desire to bring more statistical and data science to the federal government to meet its administrative, legislative and policymaking challenges." 

"AAAS fellows learn about and contribute to the important relationship between science and government by working in congressional offices of all sorts and in federal agencies like the Census Bureau,” said Daniel Goroff, vice president and program director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

"It's not every day that we welcome new partner societies into the policy fellowship fold, and we thank the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for their generous support," said Jennifer Pearl, director of the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowships. "This is a fantastic development for data scientists, for the federal sector and ultimately for the American public."

Spread the word: Individuals who are US citizens and have a Ph.D. in statistics, data science, mathematics or a closely related field are encouraged to apply. Applications are due January 15.


Kat Song

Communications & Digital Strategy Director