Hosting a Sponsored Legislative Branch Fellow


​Thank you for your interest in hosting a sponsored Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow as part of the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowships program. The program is a cooperative initiative of more than 30 scientific and engineering societies, each of which selects and supports highly skilled scientists and engineers for one-year fellowship awards. Fellows spend one year serving on the staffs of Members of Congress or congressional committees in areas that would benefit from scientific and engineering input.

The fellowships aim to:

  • educate scientists and engineers on the intricacies of federal policymaking;
  • foster positive exchange between scientists/engineers and policymakers;
  • empower scientists and engineers to conduct policy-relevant research and other activities that addresses challenges facing society; and
  • increase the involvement and visibility of scientists and engineers in the public policy realm.

By requesting a congressional fellow, a congressional office/committee agrees to provide:

  • Adequate office space and supplies to the fellow;
  • Sufficient mentoring throughout the fellow’s transition; and
  • Clear portfolio guidance during their fellowship.


Over the summer, AAAS will collect position descriptions from congressional offices and committees. Those descriptions will be made available to the fellows in September to begin their research.

Fellowships begin in September (though a few may begin in January). After a required, two-week orientation the first half of September, AAAS will host a Welcome Reception at the Capitol Visitor Center for congressional staff to meet the fellows and begin arranging interviews.

Fellows interview with interested offices until everyone is matched, usually completing the process by the end of September. We typically get twice as many requests as we have fellows to place so the process is competitive. 


Rick Kempinski
Associate Program Director
(202) 326-6481


Sponsored Congressional Fellows Fact Sheet

Expectations of Congressional Fellows

Guidelines for Mentors of Congressional Fellows

Fellowship Completion Guidelines