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2023 Science Policy Fellowship

The Institute for Defense Analyses
Alexandria, Virginia
Closing date
Dec 7, 2022


The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) is a congressionally chartered, Federally Funded Research and Development Center operated by the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA).

STPI provides independent analytical support to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other federal departments and agencies on science and technology (S&T) policy issues. The STPI Science Policy Fellowship Program provides recent bachelor’s or master’s degree recipients a unique opportunity to use their critical thinking and analytic skills to work on a diverse set of challenges in S&T policy areas, including space sciences, innovation and competitiveness, energy, health and life sciences, national security, biotechnology, information technologies, and STEM education.



Fellows will work with teams of researchers to support a wide variety of S&T policy-related tasks. Duties may include conducting survey-based and interview-based research, database development, use of data visualization tools, use of statistical techniques, and other qualitative and quantitative methods to perform project-driven policy analysis. Over the course of the two-year program, experiences will include:

  • Participation in analyses that support tasking from Federal Government policymakers Interaction with OSTP and other Federal science agency personnel Involvement in workshops and discussions on relevant topics Mentorship from members of the STPI research staff Training on specific analytical methods and tools Attendance and presentation at select professional society meetings



  • This is a full time position and is only open to recent recipients of a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Candidates with degrees higher than a master’s degree will not be considered. Candidates must have at least a bachelor’s degree conferred between May 2021 and July 2023. Candidates with degrees in engineering, life sciences, physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, computer science, mathematical sciences, statistics, and learning sciences are encouraged to apply. Candidates should possess a strong interest in science and technology policy, although previous policy experience is not required. Candidates must demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills, and will be asked to give a 30-minute presentation on a topic to be assigned during a group interview. Ideal candidates are able to contribute to and support team efforts.


Application Materials

To be considered for this fellowship opportunity, interested candidates must follow a two-step process:

  1. Apply using the link on IDA's careers page.
  2. Submit via email to the following documents: 
  • Personal Statement— explain in 1,000 words or less why you want to work in the area of science and technology policy and how your background/experience will contribute to STPI’s work Writing Sample—5,000 word maximum Transcripts—unofficial transcripts are acceptable for consideration, but an official transcript is needed before any offer of employment will be made Two Letters of Academic Recommendation—letters must be signed by the individual rendering the reference and delivered as PDF files. Letters can also be sent directly to by the recommender.

Ensure the application and supporting materials are submitted no later than January 16, 2023.


U.S. Citizenship is required

Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance is required

IDA is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a fair recruiting process and working environment free from discrimination. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. Click here to learn more about IDA's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


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