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Become a Fellow: Stipend and Support

As a public service and professional development opportunity, a Science & Technology Policy Fellowship (STPF) is not an offer of employment. Stipend and support ensure an optimal learning experience.

Alumnus fellow Alex Moseson 


Stipends range approximately $80,000 to $105,000 per year, depending on a combination of factors including type of fellowship, fellowship sponsor (AAAS, partner society, or agency), and/or number of years of post-doctoral professional experience.

Professional Training & Travel

Fellows whose stipends are administered by AAAS receive a minimum travel/professional training allowance of $4,000. The funds may be used only for fellowship-related travel and for professional training (e.g., attending scientific conferences that pertain to the fellowship). All travel and training must be pre-approved by the host office and AAAS. 

Fellows who are hired and paid directly by host offices engage in travel and training as provided by their office/agency.

Professional Development Program

The professional development (PD) program is as an integral element of the fellowship experience, established to foster the fellows’ development as science policy leaders. The program features leaders in science, public policy, and other relevant fields. The PD program consists of a two-week orientation, monthly program series, special interest affinity group events and programs, and a year-end summit.

Learning Tracks and Goals

  • Policy: Understand the role of science and its impact on public policy and recognize some of the major forces that influence policy -- lobbying, think tanks, advocacy/special interest groups, and media.
  • Communication: Identify the value of outreach and education to non-scientific audiences.
  • Leadership: Develop skills to effectively serve as AAAS Policy Fellows, future science policy leaders, and forge successful career paths.

Health Insurance 

Health insurance is mandatory for all program participants.

Fellows hired by AAAS Fellowship Programs, Inc. (AFPI) are provided company-sponsored health insurance coverage: medical, dental, vision, and prescriptions. This may not be applicable to some fellows sponsored by partner societies. Exceptions include fellows hired and paid directly by an agency: they receive health coverage via the agency under temporary employee status.

Coverage levels for eligible fellows:

  • Individual: Fellow.
  • Individual & Child: Fellow and one child.
  • Individual & Children: Fellow and multiple children.
  • Family. 


First-year fellows who are hired by AAAS Fellowship Programs, Inc. (AFPI) are provided up to $4,000 for relocation expenses that are incurred moving from outside the greater Washington, D.C. area (see IRS Publication 521 for details). Relocation is subject to all state and local taxes.

First-year fellows who are hired and paid directly by their host office are not eligible for reimbursement for moving expenses, as stipulated by federal policy.