Job Opportunity: IDA - STPI Science Policy Fellowship Program

Kate Stuart
January 2, 2014

IDA - STPI Science Policy Fellowship Program

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More information about this job:

Fellows will work with a team of researchers to support a wide variety of S&T policy-related tasks. Duties may include conducting survey-based and interview-based research, database development, use of data visualization tools, use of statistical techniques, and other qualitative and quantitative methods to perform project-driven policy analysis. Fellows will have an opportunity to work on one independent research project that will contribute to the scientific, technical or policy literature. Over the course of the two-year fellows program*, experiences will include:

  • Training on specific analytical methods and tools
  • Mentorship from senior staff with extensive policy-related experience
  • Ongoing colloquia series on topics related to S&T policy
  • Attending and presenting at select professional society meetings

* Exceptional fellows may have the opportunity to have their two year tenure extended to a include a third year


  • Candidates must have a BS/BA degree (MA/MS degree candidates are also encouraged to apply) conferred in 2014 (Candidates completing an academic sponsored fellowship program in 2014 will also be considered) in one of a range of fields, including but not limited to statistics, computer science, life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, mathematical sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences.
  • Candidates should possess a strong interest in science and technology policy, however, previous policy experience is not required.
  • Candidates must demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills. Candidates will be asked to give a 30 minute presentation on a topic to be assigned during a group interview.
  • Ideal candidates are innovative, analytical, self-starting, and able to work in teams.
  • Candidates must complete a security investigation and meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.
  • U.S. citizenship is required.

Application Materials:

To be considered for this opportunity, interested candidates must follow a two-step process:

 1.      First, interested candidates must apply to this Science Policy Fellowship job posting


2.      Second, interested candidates must also submit the following documents via email to

  • Statement of purpose (Explain why you want to work in science and technology policy) - 1000 words maximum
  • Resume
  • Writing sample - 5000 words maximum
  • Transcripts (unofficial is acceptable prior to employment offer)
  • Two letters of academic recommendations; letters must be signed by the individual rendering the reference. PDF preferred. Letters can be sent directly to by recommender

All application materials must be received no later than January 31, 2014 for full consideration


IDA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity in the workplace. Individuals with disabilities, including "disabled veterans" or veterans with service-connected disabilities, are encouraged to apply.