​Science Policy Careers


About Science Policy Careers

Debra Cooper: Careers in Science Policy
An iBiology video in which Debra Cooper, Ph.D., describes her transition from laboratory research to science policy and gives an overview of the multifaceted roles for scientists in this field.

The Skills You Need for a Career in Science Policy
Chris Pickett, Ph.D.Director at Rescuing Biomedical Research and former Washington University postdocexplains the necessary skills for a science policy career; published by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Paths to Science Policy
James Austin, Ph.D., explains the many routes to science policy careers, published by Science.  

Science Advocate for a Day
Ashley Lakoduk, Ph.D. candidate at UT Southwestern Medical Center, describes her experience participating in a Capitol Hill day; published by The American Society for Cell Biology.

Resources for Science Policy Careers

Washington University Promoting Science Policy, Education, and Research (ProSPER)
ProSPER seeks to increase awareness of non-traditional career opportunities in public and science policy.

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Felloswhips
Providing opportunities for scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about policymaking while contributing their knowledge and analytical skills in the federal policy realm.

ASM Congressional Science Fellowship
The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Congressional Science Fellowship program will select a postdoctoral to mid-career microbiologist to spend one year on the staff of an individual congressman, congressional committee, or with some other appropriate organizational unit of Congress. 

Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program
The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program, now in its 19th year, provides early career individuals with the opportunity to spend 12 weeks at the Academies in Washington, DC learning about science and technology policy and the role that scientists and engineers play in advising the nation. 

ASBMB Science Policy Fellowship Program
The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology's (ASBMB) science policy fellowship offers recently graduated Ph.D.s exposure to a range of activities regarding science policy and congressional and government relations. Fellows work in the public affairs office of ASBMB’s headquarters, located just outside of Washington D.C. Applications are accepted in early spring. The fellow serves for 12-18 months.

Potomac Institute for Policy Studies CReST Fellowship
Individuals who want to join an elite team to achieve advanced levels of understanding and performance in the analysis of science and technology and associated issues can apply for a year-long fellowship with the Center for Revolutionary Scientific Thought (CReST) at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.

FASEB Science/Health Policy Fellowship Programs
A list of fellowship opportunities in the science and health policy field, published by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)

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