ACS Public Policy Fellowship Programs

The ACS offers two public policy fellowships. The ACS Congressional Fellowship is a one-year opportunity; two ACS members per year are placed on Capitol Hill as part of the larger, AAAS-administered program. The ACS Science Policy Fellowship is a one-year opportunity that is renewable for a second year. One Science Policy Fellow position is available at a time. The same application is used for both fellowships. Applicants are asked to identify if they are applying for one or both programs.

Fellowships start in September; however, the Congressional Fellowship start date may be delayed until January at the Fellow’s request.

ACS Congressional Fellowship

The ACS Congressional Fellowship Program places two fellows each year as staff members in the office of a Senator, Representative, or Committee. As part of a broader effort administered by AAAS that places more than 30 scientists per year in Congress, the program has two main goals: to provide policy-makers with high quality information on science-related issues and to educate scientists on how government works and how science policy is made.

Fellows work on the Congressional staff of their choice; placement support is provided by ACS and AAAS. Fellows typically serve as legislative assistants, advising on a range of science policy issues and interacting with constituents.

For more information, visit the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships website.

Kristin Omberg, ACS Congressional Fellow 1998-99, and former chair of the ACS Committee on Chemistry and Public Affairs, meets with ACS member Jim Rice and Rep. Heather Wilson (R-NM) in 2004.

ACS Science Policy Fellowship

The ACS Science Policy Fellowship Program places one fellow in the ACS Office of Public Affairs (OPA) for one to two years. The fellow works with experienced OPA staff to provide information to policy-makers on the role of science in public policy, advance specific recommendations on issues affecting the chemical enterprise, and inform and involve ACS members in the policy process. OPA staff cover a range of issues of interest to ACS members, including federal funding for scientific research; science, technology, engineering and math education; green chemistry; environmental policy; and regulatory policy.

Kathryn Hughes, former ACS Science Policy Fellow,
speaks with attendees at a 2007 Capitol Hill reception
for National Chemistry Week.