ACS Public Policy Fellowship Programs
The ACS offers two public policy fellowships. The ACS Congressional Fellowship is a one-year opportunity; two ACS members per year are placed on Capitol Hill as part of the larger, AAAS-administered program. The ACS Science Policy Fellowship is a one-year opportunity that is renewable for a second year. One Science Policy Fellow position is available at a time. The same application is used for both fellowships. Applicants are asked to identify if they are applying for one or both programs.
Fellowships start in September; however, the Congressional Fellowship start date may be delayed until January at the Fellow’s request.
ACS Congressional Fellowship
The ACS Congressional Fellowship Program places two fellows each year as staff members in the office of a Senator, Representative, or Committee. As part of a broader effort administered by AAAS that places more than 30 scientists per year in Congress, the program has two main goals: to provide policy-makers with high quality information on science-related issues and to educate scientists on how government works and how science policy is made.
Fellows work on the Congressional staff of their choice; placement support is provided by ACS and AAAS. Fellows typically serve as legislative assistants, advising on a range of science policy issues and interacting with constituents.
For more information, visit the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships website.
Become a Fellow
Application deadline: January 15
ACS Science Policy Fellowship
The ACS Science Policy Fellowship Program places one Science Policy Fellow (SPF) with the ACS External Affairs and Communications team (EAC) for 1-2 years. The SPF works with experienced EAC staff on areas of importance to the chemistry enterprise, including: federal funding for scientific research; science, technology, engineering and math education; green chemistry; environmental policy; and regulatory policy. The SPF also supports ACS's member-driven policy development process and encourages members to engage their elected officials and other policymakers.
SPFs gain a deeper understanding of how scientists and scientific organizations participate in public affairs through broad exposure to a range of policy topics and federal agencies. SPFs also conducts a fellowship project based on their interests.
The current Science Policy Fellow is serving a two year term. The next application cycle for the SPF will open November 15, 2020 for the the 2021-2022 term.