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2025 Fellowship Opportunity: Mark Your Calendars to Become a Science and Technology Policy Fellow!

  • 1.  2025 Fellowship Opportunity: Mark Your Calendars to Become a Science and Technology Policy Fellow!

    Posted 04-15-2024 03:01 PM

    The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) offers opportunities to indulge in a wealth of resources for professional development by offering career services and events, to volunteer opportunities and late-breaking science news and analysis. One such opportunity is to become a Science & Technology (S&T) Policy Fellow.  

    AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF) provide outstanding scientists and engineers with first-hand experience on the policymaking process. Fellows serve yearlong assignments, in Washington, D.C. beginning on September 1, within the federal government branches. Each year, the program provides approximately 4,000 strong policy-savvy leaders opportunities to work across academia, government, nonprofits and industry; contributing to national and global initiatives.  


    • Gain leadership skills by managing various Affinity Groups focused on policy issues, organizing events, and hosting distinguished speakers. 
    • Expand career horizons with insights into academia, nonprofit, government, and private sector opportunities, facilitated through fellowship and career events. 

    • Experience life in the nation’s capital! While you are here, be sure to visit us at the American Pharmacists Association headquarters.  

    In the year immediately following their fellowship, approximately 40-50% of fellows continue working in the policy realm (not necessarily in federal government); 20-25% return to the sector in which they worked previously; and 20-25% view this fellowship as an opportunity to diversify their professional experiences. 


    • Must be a U.S. citizen and be committed to serving society 

    • Hold a doctoral level science degree, including but not limited to a PharmD, or a master’s in engineering 

    • Have solid scientific and technical credentials and three references 

    • Have good verbal and written communication skills 

    • Exhibit integrity, problem-solving ability, flexibility, and leadership qualities 

    • Not be a federal employee or current full-time employee of AAAS 


    Start your application online today, work on it, save it, and come back to it any number of times before final submission. You may apply for up to two fellowship areas by submitting a separate application for each area. Before you apply, make sure you’re eligible and know who you can contact to get three letters of references from. The application deadline is November 1, 2024, for the 2025-2026 fellowship. If you are interested in becoming sponsored by one of the partner societies, then please make sure you research their distinct application deadlines, procedures, degree requirements and contact them directly for more details. This opportunity is not exclusive to recent graduates; individuals who meet the eligibility criteria are encouraged to apply. 

    By participating in this program, you are not only gaining valuable experience but also contributing to connecting science with policy and cultivating a network of science and engineering leaders equipped to address societal challenges. This is necessary for pharmacy advancement and to improve patient centered care. If you or someone you know has an interest in obtaining an opportunity within the government sector and carrying out the aforementioned duties, then this opportunity is perfect to explore.  

    Still need more information? Check out their FAQs and watch their video series about life as a fellow, how to apply, and more. 

    Morgan Howard
    Senior Manager, Practice Implementation
    Washington, DC