All qualified applicants will receive consideration for the fellowship without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or other protected category.
- Who is eligible for a AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship?
- Who is eligible for the Legislative Branch Fellowship in Climate Science?
- Who is eligible for the Roger Revelle Fellowship in Global Stewardship?
- Do I need to submit materials confirming my eligibiliy?
- I am a current fellow, can I apply to a second fellowship?
- Is the selection process different for current fellows applying for a second fellowship?
- Do I need to have a Ph.D.?
- Is my international degree eligible?
- Is my science degree eligible?
- Who is the ideal candidate for a AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship?
- Is previous experience in public policy necessary?
- I am completing my doctorate after the application deadline but before the fellowship year starts. Can I still apply?
- What if I have completed all of my requirements for my doctorate, but my degree will not be conferred until after November 1?
- May I apply with permanent resident status even though I am not a U.S. citizen?
- May I apply if I expect to have my citizenship before the fellowship year begins?
- Does AAAS have any fellowship programs for undergraduate or graduate students?
- Why are federal employees not eligible?
- Are post-docs at federal agencies or national labs eligible?
- I currently work for Congress; am I considered a federal employee?
- Are members of the military eligible to apply?
Applicants for Executive, Legislative or Judicial Branches must:
- Hold a doctoral level degree (Ph.D., Sc.D., M.D., DVM, EdD, PharmD, etc.), in a qualified field or a MS in engineering plus three years of professional engineering experience.
- 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).
- Be in compliance with U.S. Selective Service System requirements.
- Not be a federal employee, including Title 42 positions and Presidential Management Fellowships.
- Not be an employee of AAAS or be working with AAAS through a paid engagement.
In 2022, applicants with a background in climate or ocean science are eligible for a new legislative branch fellowship placement. To apply, follow the steps for the legislative branch placement area; at Step 6, check the box indicating your interest in this fellowship placement, then complete the prompt that asks for your relevant experience for this fellowship.
The endowed Revelle Fellowship is available at least every four years. Applications will be accepted in the following application cycles: 2020, 2024, etc. This fellowship is open to applicants who meet the criteria for the STPF Fellowships Program as well as have seven (7) years of post-qualifying degree full-time professional scientific, engineering or other related experience. Learn more here.
STPF uses a third-party vendor to verify your application data (e.g., education, citizenship). You will be asked to provide your contact information, education institution, work history, and proof of citizenship. The verification form and fee are submitted once per application year. The fee cannot be refunded. If you are applying to two fellowship areas, only one form and fee are required. In some cases, the vendor may need additional information from you and will contact you directly with questions (e.g., if you have a graduate degree from an international institution; if you have not submitted items specifically stating the equivalency of your degree to a qualifying degree). The responsibility to provide materials confirming eligibility is the applicant’s alone. Please note that applicants may not submit certificates related to professional licensures held (licensed physician, licensed therapist, etc.) as a substitute for verification of a qualifying degree. Providing proof of licensure alone does not equate to demonstrating that a qualifying degree is held.
Yes. Fellows may serve for a maximum of three years in two different Washington, D.C. area-based fellowships.
- Legislative branch, judicial branch and Revelle fellowships are for a term of one year; executive branch fellowships are for a term of one year with a potential to renew for a second year.
- Fellows in a legislative branch, judicial branch or Revelle fellowship may serve for an additional one to two years in an executive branch or other fellowship for the maximum of three years.
- Executive branch fellows sponsored by a partner society may not serve a second fellowship in the same agency where they were sponsored.
Fellows applying for a second fellowship placement must still meet a high bar, but need to demonstrate why the additional fellowship year is justified. They must present a clear and compelling case for a second fellowship opportunity and specify how they expect to contribute to and gain from a second fellowship experience.
For scientists in the social or behavioral sciences; medical or health sciences; biological, physical or earth sciences; or computational sciences or mathematics, you are required to have a terminal scientific degree (Ph.D., Sc.D., M.D, D.V.M., PharmD, etc.). For engineers, you do not need a Ph.D, but must have at least a master's degree in any field of engineering plus a minimum of three years of professional engineering experience (not including further academic studies). If you do have a Ph.D. in engineering, the three years of professional engineering experience are not required. A J.D. does not qualify as a doctoral level degree.
Applicants with international degrees may be eligible to apply. The qualifying degree must be equivalent to a U.S. degree. It is the responsibility of applicants to provide proof of degree equivalency at the time they apply, as part of Step 3: Verification. Applicants may need to work with their degree granting university to acquire transcripts or other documentation outlining the degree’s equivalency to a U.S. degree. As noted above, applicants may not submit certificates related to professional licensures held (licensed physician, licensed therapist, etc.) as a substitute for verification of a qualifying degree. The responsibility to provide materials confirming eligibility is the applicant’s alone.
For non-engineer applicants, you must have a terminal scientific degree (Ph.D., Sc.D., M.D, D.V.M., PharmD, etc.) in the social or behavioral sciences; medical or health sciences; biological, physical or earth sciences; or computational sciences or mathematics. Degrees other than those noted here may also qualify and are determined on a case-by-case basis. International degrees may be eligible if they are equivalent to a U.S. degree (see question above). The responsibility to provide materials confirming eligibility is the applicant’s alone.
Fellows come from many different disciplines in science and engineering; they arrive from academia, industry, and the nonprofit sector; and they represent a broad range of career stages, from recently graduated postdocs to mid-career professionals and faculty on sabbatical, to retired individuals.
No, but it is important to convey an understanding of the societal impacts of science in your application materials and during an interview. You should also be prepared to speak about how your specific scientific specialty relates to policy issues and how it can be applied in government decision-making.
Q: I am completing my doctorate after the application deadline but before the fellowship year starts. Can I still apply?
No. The degree requirements must be met by November 1. If that is your situation, we hope that you will consider applying next year. NOTE: Our partner scientific and engineering societies sponsoring congressional and executive branch fellowships have different application deadlines and selection criteria.
Q: What if I have completed all of my requirements for my doctorate, but my degree will not be conferred until after November 1?
You may be eligible. All degree requirements must be completed by November 1, including dissertation defense and any revisions. In addition, your committee chair or equivalent appropriate official must submit a letter verifying that you have satisfied all requirements for the PhD or equivalent degree. The letter must state the official date the degree will be conferred.
No. U.S. citizenship is required to apply for a fellowship via STPF. A few of our partner societies do accept applications from non-U.S. citizens.
No. Applicants to STPF must have U.S. citizenship at the time of application. A few of our partner societies do accept applications from non-U.S. citizens and you can also go to our Science & Policy Resources page to search for additional fellowship opportunities based on citizenship or other criteria.
Yes. AAAS also administers the AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program, which places undergraduate and graduate students in media organizations throughout the U.S. for a science journalism experience each summer.
The AAAS S&T Policy Fellowships are designed to educate about the policy process, and to bring additional scientific knowledge and external perspectives to government decision-making. Federal employees are often already involved in the policy process, and they would not bring external perspectives. Those not in policy-related positions have the opportunity to seek such positions from within the government system. There also are other options for federal employees to arrange exchanges that provide an experience in another agency or on Capitol Hill, such as an IPA (inter-agency personnel agreement). Also, the executive branch fellowships are funded by the hosting agencies, and they seek individuals who cannot easily move into the system without a fellowship. NOTE: Some partner societies that sponsor congressional and executive branch fellowships do accept applications from federal employees.
Yes, except those who hold Title 42 positions. This category conveys the privileges of federal employment, and therefore is not eligible for the AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship. Applicants who hold a temporary/term-limited fellowship or post-doc with a federal agency are considered eligible, as are post-docs at national labs who are funded by a federal agency.
Yes. Anyone working in a full-time, paid, permanent position at the federal level of government (including the executive, judicial and legislative branches) is considered a federal employee for eligibility purposes.
No, members of the active-duty military are federal employees and are therefore not eligible. Applicants who have completed their military service and/or are retired from the military are eligible, provided they meet the other eligibility criteria.