AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellowship Program

Academic level Masters, PhD, Postdoctoral Focus Leadership & Communications Duration Summer

The AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows work for 10 weeks during the summer as reporters, researchers, and production assistants in mass media organizations nationwide. Fellows collaborate with media professionals at radio and television stations, newspapers, and magazines. As part of their job, the student-scientists and their host-journalists strive to make science news easy for the public to understand. The fellowship program is designed to enhance coverage of science-related issues in the media in order to improve public understanding and appreciation of science and technology. See the program website for more information.

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship

Academic level Postdoctoral Focus Policy Duration Year or less
Notes The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships are provided primarily as a professional development opportunity. Fellowships are awarded to highly qualified individuals interested in learning about the science-policy interface while applying their scientific and technical knowledge and analytical skills to the federal policy realm.

ACLS Public Fellows

Academic level Postdoctoral Focus Policy Duration More than a year

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Public Fellows Program places 13 recent Ph.D.s from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and receive professional mentoring. For more information, see the program website.

American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship

Academic level PhD Focus Research Duration Year or less

AAUW has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe. Due to the longstanding, generous contributions of AAUW members, a broader community of women continues to gain access to educational and economic opportunities — breaking through barriers so that all women have a fair chance.

Fellowship and grant recipients perform research in a wide range of disciplines and work to improve their schools and communities. Their intellect, dedication, imagination, and effort promise to forge new paths in scholarship, improve the quality of life for all, and tackle the educational and social barriers facing women in the United States and around the globe. See the AAUW website for more information.

American Institue of Biological Sciences Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award

Academic level PhD Focus Policy Duration Semester or less

The Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award recognizes graduate students in the biological sciences and science education who have demonstrated initiative and leadership in science policy. EPPLA recipients receive first-hand experience at the interface of science and public policy.

The winners will receive an expense paid trip to Washington, DC, to participate in meetings with their congressional delegation, training and information on the federal budget and appropriations process.

AMS Summer Policy Colloquium

Academic level Masters, PhD, Postdoctoral, Professional (MD, JD, MBA) Focus Policy Duration Summer

The AMS Summer Policy Colloquium brings a select group to Washington, D.C. for an intense, ten-day immersion in atmospheric policy.

  • Provides an overview of policy basics, and how decisions are made governing
    thecourse and future of atmospheric
  • Provides opportunities for participants to meet and dialog with the federal officials, Congressional staffers, and others who make those decisions
  • Surveys current atmospheric policy issues
  • Uses the case study method to
    explore a limited number of issues, both past and present, in depth and detail
  • Helps participants build skills, experience, and contacts they can use throughout their careers to understand and influence the atmospheric policy process
  • Helps participants gauge their aptitude for and interest in the challenges of matching atmospheric science to national priorities, and scientific program leadership.

Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs Fellowship

Academic level PhD, Postdoctoral Focus Research Duration Year or less

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs offers research fellowships during the academic year to individuals who wish to devote their time to research and writing in the fields of science and international affairs. Fellows are selected by the Center's major research programs and are expected to work collaboratively with other Center researchers, as well as on their own projects. The fellows research a wide variety of topics, ranging from security issues such as nuclear proliferation and terrorism, to climate change and energy policy.

California Ocean Science Trust: Building bridges among the MPA and Water Quality monitoring communities(Costa Mesa, CA)

Academic level PhD Focus Policy Duration Year or less

Fellowship offered in partnership with SCCWRP, Costa Mesa

Baseline monitoring of MPAsin California’s South Coast region began in 2012 but water quality monitoring in the same region has continued for nearly 40 years. Both monitoring programs, each with its own set of mandates, goals and implementing framework, are conducted by a diverse suite of governmental agencies, academic institutions and citizen science groups. The Fellow will work closely with the water quality and MPA monitoring communities in southern California on the technical and institutional challenge of aligning these large-scale, complex monitoring efforts.

To Apply:


Qualified applicants should send a current curriculum vitae and application letter via email to hr@calost.org, using a subject line of ‘Science Integration Fellow – SCCWRP’. Review of applications is ongoing. Please direct questions to Liz Whiteman, Program Director, California Ocean Science Trust at liz.whiteman@calost.org or (510) 251 8317.

California Ocean Science Trust: Developing and Using Ocean Ecosystem Condition Assessments (Santa Cruz, CA)

Academic level PhD Focus Policy Duration Year or less

Fellowship offered in partnership with PISCO, UC Santa Cruz

With a new statewide network of MPAs in place, California has invested significantly in establishing baseline conditions - a benchmark of ocean ecosystem health against which future changes can be measured. The Fellow will engage a diverse portfolio of agency, academic and citizen-science programs, with a focus on the North Central Coast region. S/he will identify and pursue opportunities for integrative analyses that link ecosystems and disciplines(e.g., ecological and socioeconomic data), develop collaborative approaches to identify and answer management-relevant fisheries, climate and MPA questions, and advance the use of ecosystem report cards to communicate findings.


To Apply:

Qualified applicants should apply via email to hr@calost.org, using a subject line of ‘Science Integration Fellow –PISCO’. Please send a curriculum vitae and an application letter describing your interest and fit for this position relative to the skills and qualifications above. 

California Ocean Science Trust: Linking Citizen Science and Adaptive Management (Oakland, CA)

Academic level PhD Focus Policy Duration Year or less

The focus of this fellowship is on exploring and expanding the role that citizen science can play in our pursuit of OST’s mission of promoting a constructive role for science in decision making. The Fellow will engage in primary research, build new relationships with citizen science programs and manage complex collaborative efforts with diverse stakeholders to deepen understanding of models of citizen science for adaptive management, and apply and test that knowledge through MPA monitoring in California.

To Apply:

Qualified applicants should apply via email to hr@calost.org, using a subject line of Science Integration Fellow. Please send a current curriculum vitae, and an application letter including: 1) an explanation of your interest in the position and how it fits with your long-term career goals; 2) a brief (1-2 page) statement of your qualifications and experience relative to the qualifications listed, highlighting your most relevant skills and experience, and; 3) a brief (1-2 page, maximum) statement of what you believe will be the most challenging aspect of this position.