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STPF Overview

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The STPF 2023-24 cohort is the 51st class of fellows!

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF) provide opportunities to outstanding scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about policymaking and contribute their knowledge and analytical skills in the policy realm. Fellows serve yearlong assignments in the federal government and represent a broad range of backgrounds, disciplines, and career stages. Each year, STPF adds to a growing corps approximately 4,000 strong of policy-savvy leaders working across academia, government, nonprofits, and industry to serve the nation and citizens around the world.

As one of AAAS’ immersive fellowships, STPF aims to help ensure that public policy is made better and more complete with the consideration of scientific evidence.


To connect science with policy and foster a network of science and engineering leaders who understand government and policymaking, and are prepared to develop and execute solutions to address societal challenges. 


Seven fellows on Capitol Hill ushered in the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships program back in 1973. AAAS partnered with the American Physical Society, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineering to sponsor these fellows. Today, as one of AAAS’ immersive fellowships, STPF places more than 250 fellows each year in all branches of federal government.

Fellows are a powerful and coveted resource – for each other and for the offices in which they serve. The program has earned an impressive reputation, attracting significant interest from highly qualified scientists and engineers. The result is an ever-growing network of alumni who are adept at conducting and communicating their science to support policy in national and international arenas.

STPF Interactive History Timeline

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