Job Posting: Science and Technology Policy Fellowship, Institute for Defense Analysis Science and Technology Policy Institute, Washington D.C.

Rachel Howell
December 5, 2014

About the Program:
This highly selective two-year fellowship provides recent bachelor's degree recipients with a unique opportunity to use their critical thinking and analytic skills to work on a diverse set of challenges in science and technology (S&T) policy areas, including space, energy and the environment, innovation and competitiveness, evaluation and scientometrics, information technologies, national security, and life sciences. Fellows will be involved in collaborative research for leaders in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President and other Federal Government organizations, such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). 

What to Expect:
Fellows work with teams of researchers to support a wide variety of S&T policy-related tasks. Over the course of the fellowship, fellows will have opportunities to develop professionally through the following types of activities:

  • Participation in analyses that support tasking from Federal Government policymakers
  • Training on specific analytical methods and tools
  • Involvement in workshops and discussion on relevant science policy topics 
  • Attendance and presentations at select professional society meetings 
  • Interaction with OSTP and other Federal science agency personnel 
  • Mentorship from members of the STPI research staff

Who Should Apply?:
Innovative, analytical self-starters who are able to work well in teams are encouraged to apply. Candidates will have at least a BS/BA degree conferred between May 2013 and July 2015 in one of a range of disciplines, including engineering, life sciences, physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, computer science, mathematical sciences or statistics, and learning sciences. MA/MS-degree candidates and recipients are also encouraged to apply, provided their bachelor's degrees are within the May 2013-July 2015 timeframe. Individuals with degrees higher than a master's degree are not eligible to apply. U.S. citizenship is required.

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

  • Apply to the Science Policy Fellowship job posting through the IDA website at:
  • Submit the following supporting materials via email (PDF is preferred) to
  • Statement of purpose-explain in 1,000 words or less why you want to work in the area of science and technology policy and how your background/experience makes you a good candidate
  • Writing sample-5,000 words or less
  • Transcript-unofficial transcript is acceptable for consideration, but an official transcript is needed before any offer of employment will be made
  • Two letters of academic recommendations-letters must be signed by the individual rendering the reference. Letters can also be sent (again, PDF is preferred) directly to by the recommender.