Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) Fellowship

IDA’s two-year Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) Fellowship provides recent bachelor’s degree recipients with a unique opportunity to use their critical thinking and analytic skills to work on a diverse set of challenges in science and technology (S&T) policy areas, including energy and the environment, space sciences, innovation and competitiveness, evaluation, life sciences, information technologies, national security, and STEM education. Fellows will be involved in collaborative research for leaders in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President and other Federal Government organizations, such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.


Ideal candidates will have at least a BS/BA degree conferred between May 2021 and July 2023 in one of a range of disciplines, including engineering, life sciences, physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, computer science, mathematical sciences or statistics, and learning sciences.  MA/MS-degree candidates and recipients are also encouraged to apply, provided their bachelor’s degrees are within the May 2021 –July 2023 timeframe. Individuals with degrees higher than a master’s degree are not eligible to apply.  Additional requirements include the following:

  • Interest in science and technology policy (however, previous policy experience is not required)
  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills
  • Willingness to undergo a security investigation and ability to meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information
  • U.S. citizenship


Apply to the Science Policy Fellowship job posting through the IDA website.  In addition to the application, applicants at later stages in the process will be required to submit the following documents.  Submit the following supporting materials via email (PDF is preferred) to

  • Statement of purpose—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 makes you a good candidate
  • Writing sample—5,000 words or less
  • Transcript—unofficial transcript is acceptable for consideration, but an official transcript is needed before any offer of employment will be made
  • Two letters of academic recommendations—letters must be signed by the individual rendering the reference.  Letters can also be sent (again, PDF is preferred) directly to by the recommender.


Deadline is usually mid January.


Class Year

  • Senior
  • Recent Graduate
  • Post-baccalaureate
  • Graduate


  • Arts
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Health
  • Humanities
  • International Affairs
  • Public Affairs/Government
  • Social Sciences
  • STEM
  • Multiple


  • English


  • Yearlong

Program Type

  • Professional
  • Research


  • DC

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