Become a Public Policy Fellow

Applications for the 2023-2024 Congressional and Science Policy Fellowships are now closed, and will reopen on November 15, 2023 for the 2024-2025 cycle.

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

The application cycle for the 2023-2024 Congressional and Science Policy Fellowships will open on November 15, 2022. 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 Recommendation Letters 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
Recommendation Letters

Applicants will provide emails for their Recommendation Writers in the application. Recommendation Writers will receive instructions on how to submit their letter via email. 

Please note: The Applicant will not be able to submit their application as final until two recommendation letters have been received.  The Applicant can monitor the status of the recommendation letters (“Pending” or “Complete”) in the application system.  Letter Writers are urged to not wait until the last moment to submit their recommendations.

Recommendations should address:

  • The applicant’s technical accomplishments and relative standing among their 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.
  • Recommendation letters are confidential, and should be signed and on letterhead.

Frequently Asked Questions



Policy Fellowship Programs
Government Affairs, Outreach & Alliances
American Chemical Society
1155 Sixteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 872-4098

Recommendation Letter Writers

Instructions for Recommendation Letter Writers