Embark on a Science Policy Experience in the California State Legislature as a CCST Science Fellow

December 1, 2016 | ,  

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Council on Science and Technology is now accepting applications for the 2018 Class of the CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellowship. Completed applications are due on February 28th, 2017.

The CCST Science Fellows program is open to those holding a PhD or equivalent degree in science and engineering, and in social science fields such as economics. Eligibility information, program timeline, and the application link can be found here.

As CCST Science Fellows, scientists and engineers spend one year in Sacramento serving the California State Legislature. Working as legislative staff in the State Senate or State Assembly, they get a front-row seat learning about the craft and process of lawmaking in the State of California — a dynamic arena that often sets policy trends for the United States and the world.

Our Fellowship is an incredible opportunity to transform a scientist’s professional path. In fact, about 50 percent of CCST Science Fellows have been hired by the California State Legislature or state agencies since completing their fellowship. Other alumni return to academia, nonprofits, or industry with a deeper understanding of how science informs policymaking, enhancing their career as researchers, professors, consultants, and leaders.

So join us. Read reflections from current and former CCST Science Fellows, and see how our program has changed their lives and careers. Then tell a friend, or apply for the program yourself — and help make California’s policies stronger with science.

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About the California Council on Science and Technology

CCST is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization established via the California State Legislature in 1988. We engage leading experts in science and technology to advise State policymakers — ensuring that California policy is strengthened and informed by scientific knowledge, research, and innovation. Explore how CCST makes California’s policies stronger with science at www.ccst.us.

About the CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellowship

The CCST Science Fellows program trains scientific thinkers to be policy-savvy, while helping equip California’s lawmakers with science-savvy staff. The program was established in 2009 with funds from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and other generous friends, and continues to rely on philanthropic foundations and individuals for support. Discover how our Science Fellows make a difference in California’s policy arena here.

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