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AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF)

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the largest general scientific society in the world. The fellowship program offers hands-on opportunities to apply your scientific knowledge and technical skills to important societal challenges. As a fellow, you will serve a yearlong assignment in a selected area of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the federal government in Washington, D.C., enhancing your professional influence by tackling problems and participating in policy development and implementation.

“My fellowship was an amazing career catalyst. It broadened my horizons, connected me with remarkable individuals, and provided an exceptional platform for professional growth!”

Subhashree Mishra, Ph.D., Atmospheric Sciences Executive Branch Fellow at the Department of Energy Program Director, NCAR & Facilities at the National Science Foundation

“My time as an S&T Policy Fellow was among the most valuable of my career. Much of my current work reflects lessons learned from my time as a fellow.”

Kevin Foster, Ph.D., Anthropology Executive Branch Fellow at the National Science Foundation Executive Director, ICUSP Inc. & Associate Professor, The University of Texas at Austin

“As fellows, we’re empowered to change the world. The fellowship opened doors I didn’t know existed and gave me opportunities to make a lasting impact.”

Christie Canaria, Ph.D., Chemistry Executive Branch Fellow at the National Institutes of Health Program Staff, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health

“An experience of a lifetime, for a lifetime, regardless of where your path may take you.”

Horacio Murillo, M.D., Ph.D., Molecular Pharmacology Congressional Fellow sponsored by AAAS at the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Radiologist, Sutter Health, and Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, Stanford Medical School


Apply your science and engineering smarts to critical national and international issues.

  • Serve yearlong assignments in the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the federal government.
  • Bridge the gap between science and policy by leveraging your analytical skills and mindset.
  • Become a member of an influential network of fellows and alumni that’s more than 3,000 strong.
  • Transform your career and gain a valuable insider’s understanding of how policy is shaped.
  • Sharpen your communication and leadership skills.
  • Receive a stipend of $75,000-100,000 per year, plus other support including health insurance, professional development, and targeted fellowship travel and training.


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Learn firsthand about policymaking while contributing your knowledge and analytical skills in the federal policy realm.

Applications accepted May 1–November 1.