Hosting a Sponsored Congressional Fellow



Congressional offices and committees can now submit a HOSTING REQUEST FORM to host a sponsored congressional fellow as part of the 2016-17 S&T Policy Fellowship class. Requests are due by September 2, 2016!

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


Learn more below.....

The welcome reception, hosted by AAAS, will take place on Thursday, September 15th from 5:30 - 7:30PM at the Senate Visitor Center (SVC 212-10).


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 31 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.


To request a fellow, please submit a HOSTING REQUEST FORM by September 2, 2016.

A separate hosting request form must be submitted for each position you seek. The information provide will be shared with the fellows in September so that they can start researching offices. All interested offices will get profiles if the incoming class over the summer to aid in your research.


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 (SVC 212-10) on Thursday, September 15th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm for congressional staff to meet the fellows and begin arranging interviews. We ask that any members planning on giving remarks should arrive between 6:00-6:30pm. After a brief welcome by Rush Holt, former NJ representative and current CEO of AAAS and Executive Publisher of the Science Family of Journals , members in attendace will get a chance to make recruitment remarks to the fellows. (At last year’s reception, 9 members attended to personally recruit from the class.)

RSVP here for the reception.

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. If you would like to go over the process in more detail, please contact Eddie Gonzalez to arrange a call or a meeting.


Begin researching the 2016-17 class of congressional fellows by viewing congressional fellows bio page. The bio page includes the names and photos of the incoming congressional fellows, along with the name of their sponsoring society, academic discipline, policy interests, and CV. PLEASE NOTE: Offices are not able to contact the congressional fellows until the placement reception on the 15th.


We appreciate your interest in the Sponsored Congressional Science & Engineering Fellowships and look forward to working with you. If you have any questions, please contact:

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