Deadline: November 01, 2017



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General Information:

The online application system is open from May 1 through November 1 for the fellowship class that begins the following September. We accept online application submissions only. Application materials are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on November 1.

The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF) provide opportunities for professional development and public service. AAAS, as part of its mandate to advance science and serve society, operates the S&T Policy Fellowship Program. 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 use their knowledge and analytical skills while learning first-hand about policymaking and implementation at the federal level.

Applicants may apply for up to two fellowship areas. It is essential to ensure that each application meets all the eligibility criteria, includes all required information, and addresses all the questions in the candidate statement. Three references must be provided for EACH application.

The fellowships are competitive and the three-tier application process is rigorous. Tips for a successful application include:

  • Start your application early.

  • Read the eligibility requirements carefully.

  • Contact your references as soon as possible to allow them sufficient time to write letters of recommendation.

  • Encourage your references to read the Guidelines & Instructions for References.

  • Read the Guidelines & Instructions for Candidates thoroughly.

  • Make sure you have a clear understanding of each type of fellowship to which you are applying and tailor your essay accordingly.

Please note: You must use the online application system to apply. We do not accept submissions by post, fax, or email. AAAS uses the nationally accredited ProVerify service to verify your application data, i.e. education, citizenship, etc. On step 2 of the application, you will be given an applicant ID. Write down this number and enter it in your verification form. You will also be asked to enter your contact information, education institution, work history, and provide proof of citizenship. The verification form and fee are submitted once each application year. The fee cannot be refunded. If you are applying to two fellowships (areas), only one verification form and fee is required.


AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF) seeks candidates from a broad array of backgrounds and a diversity of geographic, disciplinary, gender, and ethnic perspectives as well as disability status. Fellows have ranged in age from late 20s to early 70s. They represent a spectrum of career stages, from recent Ph.D. graduates to faculty on sabbatical, to retired scientists and engineers. Fellows also come from a range of sectors, including academia, industry, nonprofit organizations and government labs.

Applicants must:

  • Hold a doctoral level degree (Ph.D., Sc.D., M.D., DVM, EdD, etc.*), in any of the following: 

    • Medical and Health sciences.

    • Biological, Physical or Earth sciences.

    • Social and Behavioral sciences.

    • Computational sciences and Mathematics.

    • Engineering disciplines (applicants with a MS in engineering and three years of professional engineering experience also qualify).

  • Hold U.S. citizenship (dual citizenship from the United States and another country is acceptable).

  • Be eligible to receive federal government funds through the System of Award Management (SAM).

  • Male applicants must be registered with the U.S. Selective Service System unless they became naturalized U.S. citizens after age 26 or have received a waiver.

  • Federal employees are not eligible.**

Note: All requirements for the degree must be completed by the application deadline. During the application process, you will pay a nominal fee directly to an independent company that verifies applicant data and eligibility. 

*A J.D. does not qualify as a doctoral level degree.
**Holding a Title 42 position or a Presidential Management Fellowship is considered federal employment and therefore renders an applicant ineligible for this fellowship. Individuals working in postdoctoral positions at government labs or agencies, for private contractors, and in state or local government posts are not federal employees and therefore are eligible for this fellowship.

Who should apply for an STPF fellowship?

Successful candidates:

  • Demonstrate exceptional competence in their specialty appropriate to their career stage and have the strong endorsement of three references.

  • Show an understanding of the opportunities for science and engineering to support a broad range of non-scientific issues, and display a commitment to apply their scientific or technical expertise to serve society.

  • Exhibit awareness and sensitivity to the political, economic and social issues that influence policy.

  • Are articulate communicators, both verbally and in writing, to decision-makers and non-scientific audiences, and have the ability to work with individuals and groups outside the scientific community.

  • Demonstrate initiative, problem-solving ability, leadership capacity, and the flexibility and willingness to address policy issues outside their scientific expertise.

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