Announcement

APA Executive Branch Science Fellowship Program: Applications due in January

Come spend a year in Washington, DC as an American Psychological Association (APA) Executive Branch Science Fellow!  Applications are due January 6, 2012 for the fellowship program, which places psychological scientists as special assistants in federal science agencies for one year appointments. 

Previous placement opportunities for APA Fellows have included 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 inter-governmental 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 over two dozen other professional scientific societies, APA Fellows attend an orientation program on Congressional and Executive Branch operations as well as a year-long 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 September 1, 2012. The Fellowship stipend is $74,500 and APA also provides $5,300 for health insurance coverage, $3,000 for professional development and relocation expenses during the fellowship year, and travel/lodging for the 2013 APA convention. Final selection of Fellows will be made in early spring of 2012.

Fellows should demonstrate excellence in scientific psychology, understand the application of psychological knowledge to national research and policy issues, and be able to work quickly and communicate effectively on a wide variety of topics and work cooperatively with individuals having diverse viewpoints.  Applicants must have a doctorate in psychology (from an APA-accredited doctoral program) or related field and be members of APA (or applicants for membership) and U.S. citizens.  A minimum of two years post-doctoral experience is preferred.  Apply online through the Fellowship website or contact Heather Kelly, Fellowship Director, at (202) 336-5932.