Q: What is the application deadline?

The deadline to submit a complete application is November 1 by 11:59 p.m. ET.

 Q: How do I prepare a competitive application?

Applicants can improve their chances of gaining a fellowship by reading all sections of this website to ensure an understanding of the fellowship program areas, the eligibility requirements, and the application instructions. Applicants should allow enough time to develop a comprehensive, well-presented, and error-free applicant statements and other documents. It is critical to contact references early to provide them time to prepare thoughtful letters of recommendation. Do not submit documents that exceed the mandated page or word limit. If invited for an interview, prepare to articulate your interests and background, and be able to discuss how your science relates to policy.

 Q: May I apply to more than one fellowship program area?

You may apply to up to two fellowship areas via STPF. Keep in mind that each fellowship area is distinct from the others, with a unique focus and requirements. It is necessary to submit a separate application for each fellowship area. Click here for more information about the program areas. Note: Additional fellowships are available via our science and engineering partner societies.

 Q: How do I apply for a legislative fellowship?

AAAS sponsors two fellows for placements in the legislative branch. In addition, about 30 fellows are sponsored by our scientific and engineering partner societies. Each partner society has its own application process, deadlines, requirements and stipend levels: contact them directly to apply.

In addition to the legislative and judicial branch fellowships, there are hundreds of opportunities in the executive branch. Click here to learn about the four types of policy fellowships.

 Q: What happens if one or more of my letters of recommendation arrive late or not at all?

All required information must be received by the November 1 deadline. Applications with fewer than three letters of recommendation are ineligible and will not be forwarded for review.

 Q: When will I be notified about the status of my application?

Applicants are notified by email of their status at several points throughout the application and selection processes. The application system will also display your application status, including submission status of reference letters.

 Q: When do semi-finalist interviews take place?

Semi-finalists are interviewed online using video sharing technology in late February-early March by Selection Committees who determine the finalists. Candidates must be available for interviews; there are no exceptions or deferrals.

 Q: If I am eligible for a fellowship, do I have a voice in where I am placed?

Placements in the executive and legislative branches are joint decisions between the finalist and the interested host office. The fellowship opportunity within the judicial branch is in the Federal Judicial Center.

 Q: Does STPF pay travel costs for semi-finalist or finalist interviews?

Travel is not required for semi-finalist interviews -- they are conducted remotely online.

STPF pays travel, lodging and meal costs for finalists invited for placement interviews. In-person participation in placement interviews is a mandatory requirement to participate in the fellowship program.

 Q: Can I reapply for a AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship?

Yes. STPF does not impose limits on the number of times a candidate may apply. There are fellows who were selected upon their second or third application.

 Q: May I receive feedback on my application or interview?

STPF does not provide written or verbal feedback on applications or interviews.

 Q: Can I print a pdf of my application materials?

You can find a print pdf button on the top of the step 7 page once you have completed the application.

 Q: How do I unlock additional application steps?

Some application steps only unlock after you have completed previous ones. You must complete step 1 to open steps 2 - 4, and starting with step 4 you must complete each step to unlock the next one. You will be able to go back and edit a step, with the exception of step 1, up until you submit your final application.