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Experience DC

STPF fellows live in Washington

It’s true! Fellows in the Science & Technology Policy Fellowships program live and work in the Washington DC area – the heart of government and home to an educated citizenry who are passionate about the world. 

DC skyline with traffic


DC is where science and policy converge. With assignments in federal agencies, on Capitol Hill, and in the judicial branch, you are at the frontline of important societal issues. Many fellows also have opportunities to travel nationally and abroad. 


Man standing with arms outstretched in front of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool

With over 70 (mostly free) museums, 75 national historic landmarks, a world-class performing arts scene, great food, beautiful terrain, a vibrant riverscape, and more, DC is the best setting for a monumental lifestyle. And with cherry blossom ceremonies in the spring, a (really big) fireworks party in summer, fall street festivals, and cozy winter holiday markets under the stars, this city is serious about celebrating – all year long.

Row of houses in Capitol Hill

Experience the super family-, commuter-, and bike-friendly culture. Each year, Washington is ranked among the top destinations in the world. Often referred to as the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia), residents take full advantage of everything each region offers and get around easily on the Metro system – an architectural gem. 


People watching a presenter

Get the insider perspective on government and policy from A-list experts – both in your fellowship host office as well as from the STPF program. The wide-ranging STPF Professional Development program is designed to help fellows hone skills in policy, leadership, communications, and career strategies, through a workshops, seminars, special interest affinity group programming, and a year-end summit.