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Current Fellows

The 2020-21 fellowship cohort is the 48th class of fellows! The class is comprised of 284 fellows sponsored by AAAS and partner societies. Of these, 30 serve in Congress, one at the Federal Judicial Center, and 253 in the executive branch among 17 agencies or departments.

Featured Fellow

Kiri Wagstaff

Part of the first STPF Cohort in AI, Kiri Wagstaff joins Sen. Mark Kelly's office. Previously, Kiri (2023-24 AIC Congressional Science & Engineering Fellow) was at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and developed machine learning course at OSU. Read more

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Affinity groups are formed and managed by current and alumni fellows.  They provide fellows with a forum to meet and discuss issues related to areas of specific interest. Click here to see the full list of affinity groups and to learn how you can get involved.

Blog and News Posts

Latest Posts

Read about fellows' accomplishments at the intersection of policy and science, and get a heads up on STPF events and news.

Sep-Oct 2023 | Fellowship Focus

STEM experts get schooled in civics, Beltway life and all things policy
51st class of STPF fellows gathering to take a class photo.

STEM experts get schooled in civics, Beltway life and all things policy

At the annual STPF orientation for new fellows and along with many other experts, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director and STPF alum Arati Prabhakar shared many words of wisdom.
Five fellows from the STPF 51st Class

STPF 51: Welcoming the new class of fellows

This month, the 51st class of STPF fellows began their year in Washington. This year’s cohort -- including Carlos Martinez, Shakira Grant, Bek Petroff, Jacqueline Smith and Alvin Tran -- comes to their fellowships from widely varying backgrounds, but with a shared vision for applying their scientific training and expertise to help inform federal policymaking. “I have to tell you, we’re living in a golden age of science. We know more about the universe, our planet, and ourselves than we’ve ever known before.”
Secretary Blinken speaking at an event.

Secretary of State fetes partnership with AAAS policy fellowship program

In a festive event complete with cake and a champagne toast, STPF and the U.S. Department of State celebrated a milestone in the two organizations’ shared commitment to science-informed policymaking: more than 40 years of STPF fellows bringing their scientific expertise to the State Department.

PODCAST | Science Helps Us… Bring Nations Together

By Reshmina William
In the third episode in our “Science Helps Us…” series, we explore how hydrologic science can help bring people to the negotiation table. Water is a resource that defies political boundaries –

PODCAST | Science Helps Us… Imagine the Future

By Reshmina William
In the second episode in our “Science Helps Us…” series, we explore the ways that science shapes the ways we tell stories – and how science helps make those stories a reality. Our guests, Brian

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