Professional Development

ACS Congressional and Science Policy Fellowship Programs

Science and technology are increasingly important in public policy. From environmental sustainability to homeland security, policymakers routinely make decisions that require input from and have impact on the chemical community. Yet only one in five members of Congress have a background in a STEM subject and trained scientists often lack the opportunity and expertise to successfully engage in the policy process. The ACS Congressional and Science Policy Fellowship Programs are designed to address both these concerns.

Where: The programs provide a unique opportunity for ACS members to gain practical experience and insights into public policy by working on Capitol Hill or at ACS in Washington, DC.

Eligibility: Fellows may be entry-level PhDs or experienced professionals from academia, industry, or non-profits. Former fellows have covered issues as diverse as federal funding for scientific research, science education, and health policy.  

Applications Due: Applications for the 2023-2024 Congressional and Science Policy Fellowships will open on November 15, 2022.