Become a Public Policy Fellow

Application deadline: January 15

Please note: Because the current ACS Science Policy Fellow’s term has been extended to a second year, a new Science Policy fellow will not be selected for 2017-2018. Two ACS congressional fellows will be selected for 2017-2018. 

Program Descriptions


ACS solicits applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds within the chemical sciences, including academia, industry, and the nonprofit sector.

Successful applicants must demonstrate:

  • Significant familiarity with the chemical sciences or engineering disciplines (e.g., a doctorate or a master’s degree and equivalent experience). All degree requirements must be completed before the fellowship start date.
  • A working understanding of the chemical community
  • Technical excellence as appropriate to career stage
  • Interest in the public policy process, and an awareness of and sensitivity to the political, economic, and social factors that influence policy-makers
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including experience communicating effectively (orally and in writing) with non-technical audiences
  • Ability to multi-task and flexibility to address a broad range of science policy issues
  • Sound judgment and maturity in decision-making
  • Membership in ACS
  • U.S. citizenship is a not requirement. However, ACS will not provide any assistance in obtaining the necessary work permits and visas.

Application Instructions

Applications for the 2017-2018 Congressional  fellowships are due January 15, 2017. Interviews are conducted in early spring. Offers are extended no later than April 30.

The application package consists of:

  1. A resume detailing education, professional experience, and previous public policy experience and/or community involvement
  2. ACS membership number
  3. A brief Letter of Intent (no longer than three pages) described below
  4. Two Letters of Reference described below
Letter of Intent

The fellowships are very competitive; applicants should ensure all qualifications, reasons for applying, areas of interest, and expected accomplishments are addressed in the letter of intent. Be sure to include:

  • Reasons for applying for the fellowship
  • Qualifications, including expertise, background, and any previous experience in public policy
  • Professional and civic activities
  • Policy areas or issues you are particularly interested in addressing
  • What you hope to accomplish as a fellow
  • How this fellowship fits into your long-term career goals
Letters of Reference

Reference letters are confidential and must be submitted directly to ACS by January 15. Applications with fewer than two letters of reference will not be considered. References should address:

  • The applicant’s technical accomplishments and relative standing among his/her peers
  • The applicant’s interpersonal and communication skills, including experience communicating effectively (orally and in writing) with non-technical audiences
  • The applicant’s maturity and judgment
  • The applicant’s interest and experience in the public policy process
  • other information that may be relevant to the selection committee.

Applications Submission

Please submit application materials electronically to

For questions, call the ACS Office of Public Affairs: (202) 872-4386

Contact the Policy Fellowship Program

Policy Fellowship Programs
Office of Public Affairs
American Chemical Society
1155 Sixteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 872-4386