Update: Applications for the CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellowship Have Closed

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CCST Science & Technology
Policy Fellowship

Placing PhD Scientists into Policy Careers

Update (3/12/2024): The application for the CCST Science and Technology Policy Fellowship has closed. Applications will reopen on December 1st for the next class year.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) is accepting applications for the CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellowship. Training begins Nov. 1, 2024 for the 2025 class.

As CCST S&T Policy Fellows, scientists, engineers, and social scientists spend one year in Sacramento working as staff in the State Assembly, State Senate, a State Agency, or Offices of the Governor. Fellows get a front-row seat learning about the craft and process of policymaking in the State of California—a dynamic arena that often sets policy trends for the United States and the world.

Learn More:
Watch our informational webinar presentation and read the Q&A with alumni.


  • PhD in science, social science, or engineering field* by Sept. 15, 2024
  • Applicants must be legally authorized to work full-time in the United States as a U.S. citizen or national, asylee, refugee, or lawful permanent resident. (See FAQ for details.)


  • Salary
  • Paid-time off
  • Health, dental, & vision benefits
  • Relocation reimbursement
  • Professional development funds

Application Materials:

  • Application
  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Two Letters of Recommendation


  • Extended: March 11, 2024, 11:59 pm PST.


Career Paths:

  • Fellows work in a variety of careers, mostly policy related, following the Fellowship in state and federal government, at nonprofit institutions, academic institutions, federal laboratories, and more.
  • Fellowship work can relate directly to their PhD, or serve as an opportunity to jump into completely new topics of interest.

Share this opportunity, shape the Fellowship.
According to alumni, word of mouth is the #1 way applicants learn about the Fellowship, so please help us by sharing this opportunity with your network.

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Questions about the Fellowship or application?
Contact Fellowship Director Puneet Bhullar, MPPA.

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About the CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellowship:
The CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellows program places PhD-level scientists, engineers, and social scientists in the California State Legislature, State Agencies, and Offices of the Governor for a year of public policy, leadership training, and public service—training scientific thinkers to be policy-savvy, while helping equip California’s decision makers with science-savvy staff.

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