How You are Evaluated
Candidates are evaluated and scored based on the five categories outlined below. STPF seeks individuals who have a combination of leadership attributes, analytical and problem-solving abilities, and communication skills; who demonstrate commitment to this professional development opportunity and its objectives; and whose experiences and interests fit with the focus of the specific fellowship area(s) to which they are applying.
A perfect score is 100 points.
Scientific/Technical Background & Professional Accomplishment (1-40 points)
- Solid scientific/technical education and experience in area of expertise, appropriate to career stage.
- Employment in relevant academic, applied scientific/technical, research, administration, outreach or policy positions appropriate to career stage and field.
- Record of publications and/or presentations appropriate to career stage, field and institutional setting.
- Record of grants and/or participation in research projects or other scientific/technical initiatives appropriate to career stage, field and institutional setting.
Leadership & Potential (1-15 points)
- Prior leadership roles relevant to career stage (e.g., graduate student governance or faculty committees; advisory or editorial committees; active in professional societies, nonprofit or community initiatives).
- Skill/potential to organize, build consensus, lead projects and people toward positive outcomes.
- Confidence, maturity, and self-direction with the capacity, initiative and flexibility to work well independently as well as in groups.
- Ability to identify personal strengths and areas for growth and development.
- Potential to take initiative to make the fellowship a rich and positive experience, to disseminate the skills learned through the fellowship, and to take advantage of networks developed.
Analytical & Problem-Solving Abilities (1-15 points)
- Evidence of creative thinking and analytical skill.
- Ability to translate and apply theoretical concepts into practice to solve problems.
- Capacity to make connections between science and technology and broader economic, social and political issues.
Communication, Interpersonal & Outreach Skills (1-15 points)
- Excellent communication skills: articulate, cohesive, concise, rational flow of information, and clear in both context and detail.
- Ability to convey scientific knowledge in broader, non-scientific contexts.
- Capacity to work effectively with diverse stakeholders outside scientific and/or engineering communities.
Commitment to STPF Fellowship Mission & Opportunities (1-15 points)
- Strong interest in applying scientific/technical knowledge toward the solution of problems in areas in which the fellowship would be served.
- Clarity of objectives for applying to the fellowship, and how the fellowship experience will be used in the future.
- Willingness and flexibility to tackle issues beyond area of expertise, openness and capacity to expand experience in the policy realm, and to interact with policymakers and regulators.
- Realistic expectations, open-minded, and adaptable to fellowship opportunities and challenges.
- Demonstrated or clearly communicated commitment to apply scientific and technical expertise to serve society.