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AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships

The AAAS Science & Technology (S&T) Policy Fellowships are opportunities for professional development and public service. They are operated by AAAS as part of its mandate to advance science and serve society. The aim is to foster scientifically informed, evidence-based policy and practice by involving scientists and engineers from a broad range of disciplines, backgrounds and career stages, and to build leadership for a strong S&T enterprise that benefits all people. Fellows engage their knowledge and analytical skills while learning first-hand about policymaking and implementation at the federal level.

AAAS S&T Policy Fellows start their year-long fellowships at different executive branch agencies and in various congressional offices and subcommittees in September. The goal is to generate policy-savvy scientists and engineers by placing them in full-time assignments in federal agencies and in Congress to contribute to the directives of those entities while gaining insight into the role of science and engineering in the overall U.S. policy framework.

Applicants must hold a doctoral level degree (PhD, ScD, MD, DVM, etc.), in the fields of study listed below.

Fields of Study:

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences; Medical and Health Sciences; Biological, Physical or Earth Sciences; Computational Sciences and Mathematics; Engineering disciplines (applicants with a MS in engineering and three or more years of post-degree professional experience also qualify).


  • Washington, DC

Program Type:

  • Professional Opportunity
  • Travel


  • US Citizen

Program Length:

  • One year


  • November 1 

Degree Level:

  • Graduate

GPA Cut Off:

  • 3.0 or better


  • $75,000 - $100,000