About the Program This two-year fellowship is designed to provide a unique opportunity for recent bachelor’s degree recipients to gain experience in addressing diverse challenges related to science and engineering research in such areas as energy and the environment, education, information and communication technologies, innovation and competitiveness, national security, and international cooperation. Fellows will be involved in collaborative research for leaders in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President and for such federal agencies as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

What to Expect: Fellows work with a team of researchers on a wide variety of science and technology policy-analysis projects. Over the course of the two-year fellowship, experiences will include professional development through:

  • Participation in analyses in support of tasking from federal policy makers
  • Interaction with OSTP and federal science agency personnel
  • Training on specific analytical methods and tools
  • Mentorship from members of the research staff
  • Involvement in workshops and discussion on relevant topics

Who Should Apply? Applicants must have a bachelor's degree by September 2012 and be U.S. citizens to apply. Competitive candidates will have strong academic records in life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, statistics, computer science, mathematical sciences, or the social and behavioral sciences. Candidates should have an interest in science and technology policy; however, previous policy experience or education is not required. Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential. Ideal candidates are innovative, analytical self-starters who are able to work collaboratively in teams. Candidates must complete a security investigation and meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

Application Deadline Complete applications received by January 24, 2012, will be given full consideration. Please visit their website for more information: https://www.ida.org/stpi/careers/fellows.php