Monday, August 16, 2010

Policy Fellowship at American Association for the Advancement of Science

For more than 35 years, the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships have provided scientists and engineers with a unique opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to national and international issues in the federal policy realm, while learning first-hand about establishing and implementing policy. Fellows select assignments in Congressional offices or federal agencies. This is a year-long opportunity, beginning September 1 and ending August 31. Most federal agencies offer Fellows the ability to renew for a second year. AAAS seeks candidates from a broad array of backgrounds and a diversity of geographic, disciplinary, gender, and ethnic perspectives. Fellows have ranged in age from late 20s to early 70s. They represent a spectrum of career stages, from recent PhD graduates to faculty on sabbatical to retired scientists and engineers. Fellows also come from a range of sectors, including academia, industry, non-profit organizations, and government labs.

AAAS partners with more than 30 scientific societies that also sponsor fellowships. They conduct separate application and selection processes and provide different stipend and benefits support. Individuals interested in the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships are encouraged to apply with all scientific societies for which they qualify.

Apply: The deadline is December 5th, 2010. AAAS accepts online applications only. Full details at

Eligibility & Criteria. To be considered for a fellowship, all successful applicants must:
* Hold a doctoral level degree (PhD, MD, DVM, etc.), in any of the following: Social/Behavioral sciences, Medical/Health disciplines, Biological, Physical or Geosciences. Applicants with a MS in engineering and three or more years of post-degree professional experience also qualify. All degree requirements must be completed by the application deadline.
* Have solid scientific and technical credentials and the endorsement of three references.
* Show a commitment to serve society.
* Exhibit good communication skills, both verbally and in writing, to decision-makers and non-scientific audiences.
* Demonstrate integrity, problem-solving ability, good judgment, flexibility, and leadership qualities.
* Hold U.S. citizenship.