APA Executive Branch Science Fellowship Program

APA will sponsor one fellow for a one-year appointment, beginning Sept. 1, 2015, to spend a year working as a special assistant in an executive branch research funding/coordinating office.

Deadline: January 9, 2015

Sponsor: Science Directorate


APA Executive Branch Science Fellows spend one year working as special assistants in executive branch science mission agencies, most often in research funding and coordinating offices. Specific placement is determined based on the fellows’ expertise and interests in coordination with APA staff. Placement opportunities often include the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Department of Defense, the Department of Education, the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy. Activities may involve soliciting research applications and running peer review panels, staffing intergovernmental scientific task forces and committees, producing scientific media materials, responding to congressional inquiries, working on agency budgets and programming, and preparing briefs and speeches.

Along with fellows sponsored by more than two dozen other professional scientific societies, APA fellows attend an orientation program on congressional and executive branch operations as well as a yearlong science and public policy seminar series administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and APA. APA will sponsor one or more fellows for a one-year appointment beginning Sept. 1, 2015. APA provides a fellowship stipend, as well as allotments for health insurance coverage, professional development, relocation expenses, and travel and lodging for the 2016 APA convention. Final selection of fellows will be made in early spring of 2015.

For questions contact Heather Kelly of the APA Science Directorate.

How to Apply