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Science Policy

PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2005 8:02 pm
by Brent Kelly
I am in the middle of my graduate work (neuroscience) with the knowledge that I ultimately want to leave the academic world. I have recently been informed of 1 year science policy fellowships sponsored by AAAS. I was wondering if anyone can tell me a little more about these positions?......

What kind of experiences are looked highly upon in selection for fellowship award? Does field of study matter? Are fellows generally hired on to full-time positions? etc...

Thanks

AAAS Science Policy fellowships

PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2005 11:15 am
by Emil Chuck
http://fellowships.aaas.org/ I think is the website, which should answer many of your questions. The application deadline passed last week for the 2005-06 year.

I'll let people from the "inside" answer the questions regarding what makes a "good" candidate for these fellowships.

AAAS Science Policy fellowships

PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2005 11:45 am
by Carlysle Tancha
Brent,
I met a number of these fellow on a recent trip. These positions are basically for one year and they are very competitive. I would check out the website and contact individuals on the site to find out their experience. The applications are accepted each year and you can get on a listserve that will email you periodically about when the deadlines are coming. But, as mentioned, these positions are only for a year, but you do get to meet a lot of people in D.C., which has the potential to catapult your career in science policy.

AAAS Science Policy fellowships

PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2005 9:28 am
by Emil Chuck
This should be a freely-accessible article, but if not, make sure you read about this person's testimonial:

http://chronicle.com/jobs/2005/02/2005020301c.htm
"A Change of Heart"... a pseudononimous engineering Ph.D. who is currently working as a Congressional Science Fellow.