New Science and Technology Policy Fellowship Program Launches
March 25, 2009
CCST is pleased to announce the launch of a new fellowship opportunity for professional
scientists and engineers to spend a year working in Sacramento with the California State
The California Science and Technology (S&T) Policy Fellowships provide a professional development
opportunity that will enable members of the scientific community to contribute to scientific and
technical issues facing California through their interaction with the legislative process. Fellows
will learn about the legislative process while sharing their own expertise and experience with
legislators and their staffs.
The California S&T Policy Fellowship is adapted for California from a similar fellowship offered by the American
Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in the federal policy arena. The AAAS Fellowships have
been successfully offered for 35 years, and AAAS Fellows have become sought-after resources in the federal
policy community (click here for an overview of the AAAS Fellowship).
To be eligible for the California S&T Policy Fellowship, candidates should have a PhD or equivalent
level degree in a physical, biological, or social science, or an MS in an engineering discipline with at least three
years post-degree experience.
"With increasingly complex science and technological issues facing society today, the effective
interface of science and public policy is becoming ever more important," notes the Fellowship
description. "Fellows will learn the intricacies of the California legislative process and will
provide legislators and their staffs with clear and unbiased advice, answers to technical questions,
and clarification of policy options for issues with science and technology related attributes."
Up to 10 Fellowships will be awarded each year; placement into legislative offices will be
consistent with and subject to passage of enabling legislation. Funding is being provided by a coalition of
nonprofit foundations, including the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Stephen Bechtel Fund.
The deadline for applications is May 29. For more information, visit