AAAS Science and Technology Fellowships

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF) provide opportunities to outstanding scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about policymaking 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. Each year, the program adds to a growing corps over 3,000 strong of policy-savvy leaders working across academia, government, nonprofits, and industry to serve the nation and the world.

Fellowships are offered in all three branches of federal government. A fourth fellowship – the Roger Revelle Fellowship in Global Stewardship – focuses on environmental initiatives.


  • Gain hands-on policy experience in a challenging assignment. 
  • Become a member of an influential network of fellows. 
  • Receive a stipend of $75-100,000 per year, along with other support including reimbursement for health care insurance.
  • Develop new skills. Every fellowship includes a yearlong Professional Development program.
  • Experience life in the nation’s capital. 
  • Practice skills and expand your network. Fellows run a variety of Affinity Groups that focus on a wide range of policy issues. 
  • Get published. Sci on the Fly is a fellow-run, high-traffic blog to which STPF fellows may contribute.
  • Learn about career opportunities in academia, nonprofit, government, and the private sector at our annual career summit, and via the Fellows Careers listserv.
  • Get involved with AAAS. The American Association for the Advancement of Science offers a wealth of resources from career services and events, to volunteer opportunities and late-breaking science news and analysis. 

To be considered for a fellowship via AAAS, an applicant must:

  • Hold a doctoral level science degree or a master's in engineering
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Have solid scientific and technical credientials and three references
  • Exhibit integrity, problem-solving ability, flexibility, and leadership qualities
  • Be committed to serving society
  • Have good verbal and written communications skills
  • Not be a federal employee

Applications are typically open between May and November, annually. Check the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships website for deadline information.

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I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?
— Robert Redford, Yosemite National Park dedication, 1985