CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellows
Updated for the 2025 Class
Begins training Nov. 1, 2024
December 1, 2023
Application period begins.
March 1, 2024
Application period closes at midnight PT.
Notification sent to applicants for interviews.
Finalists' interviews held.
Late May/Early June 2024
November 1, 2024
Fellows training begins in Sacramento.
Fellows assigned to host offices.
October 31, 2025
Sending Scientists to Sacramento to Help Shape Smart Policies
Every year, California decision makers must make critical decisions on a number of complex and dynamic issues facing our state, such as the state’s water supply, energy grid, and public health. To help address this, the CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellows program annually recruits and trains a cohort of fifteen PhD scientists and engineers to spend one year working in Sacramento, directly serving decision makers within the California State Legislature and Executive Branch.
During their year of public service, these scientific minds get a front-row seat learning about the craft and process of policymaking in the state of California. CCST S&T Policy Fellows work alongside decision makers to evaluate complex scientific issues and interpret data, while tackling the responsibilities of full-time staffers.
The CCST S&T Policy Fellows program is a win-win for California. These talented individuals gain valuable experience and training in public policy and leadership. In turn, state decision makers are given access to science-savvy staff who can inform policy discussions with scientific perspectives and expertise.
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Meet the 2023 Fellows
Learn more about the 2023 class of CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellows and see where former Fellows are now.
By The Numbers
0S&T Policy Fellows Trained To-Date
0+Doctoral Degree Institutions Represented From Across the US
0%of S&T Policy Fellows Hold PHDs or Equivalent Degrees in Science, Medicine, Engineering, or Social Sciences
0+Bills, Hearings, and Actions Impacted by S&T Policy Fellows
0%of S&T Policy Fellows Have Been Hired by the California State Legislature or State Agencies Since Completing Their Fellowship
Affecting All Californians
By embedding PhD-level scientists directly in the California State Legislature and Executive Branch offices, the CCST S&T Policy Fellows Program helps inform policy discussions with scientific perspectives and expertise. Fellows have contributed to bills and laws in diverse areas:
Energy & Environment
Energy & Environment
- Clean energy
- Climate change
- Earthquake early warning system
- Electric vehicles
- Habitat restoration
- Hydraulic fracturing
- Waste management
- Water quality and supply
- Adoption and foster care
- Affordable housing
- Aging and long-term care
- Autism services
- Medicaid and Social Security
- Reentry and job training
- Veterans issues
- Public Safety
- Community colleges
- Digitally enhanced education
- Education funding
- Higher education
- School nutrition
- Standardized testing
- STEM-ready workforce
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Genetic testing
- Healthcare disparities
- Medical devices
- Medical professions
- Organ donation and transplant
- Smoking and e-cigarettes
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Science & Policy Beyond California
In 2016, CCST developed a report to identify successful elements of a state-level science policy fellowship program in order to encourage other states to replicate or adapt the program. Six years later, this 2022 update compiled by leaders from multiple state fellowships, finds state science policy flourishing and provides an in-depth overview on launching and managing a state science and technology policy fellows program.
Much of this work, along with the State Fellowship Planning Grants, was funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation as well as the Simons Foundation. It supported the development of many new state-level Fellowships. Find those opportunities and more below.