Tips on applying to be an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow

A series of videos posted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science aims to help potential fellows prepare the best possible application. AAAS accepts applications for the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF) through November 1. 

According to the AAAS website, the fellowships "provide opportunities to outstanding scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about policy making while contributing their knowledge and analytical skills to the federal policymaking process. Fellows serve yearlong assignments in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the federal government in Washington."

The video series features fellows discussing why they applied, how to draft a stand-out application, tips for interviewing, what the fellowship is like and how it transformed their careers.

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.