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The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellowships are designed to establish and nurture critical links between federal decision-makers and scientific professionals to support the creation of beneficial public policy. In particular, the fellowships are intended to create more policy-savvy scientists by:

  • Educating scientists and engineers on the intricacies of federal policymaking
  • Providing scientific and technical knowledge to support the development of well-informed policies
  • Fostering positive exchange between scientists and policymakers
  • Empowering scientists and engineers to engage in policy-relevant research
  • Increasing the involvement and visibility of scientists and engineers in the public policy realm.

For complete details about AAAS Fellowships, visit the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships Web site.

As a hosting organization, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) offers opportunities for upcoming Fellows to work with key stakeholders to transform our energy future.

EERE supports cutting-edge scientific research, technology development and demonstration, and creation of programs and policies that facilitate the deployment of advanced clean energy technologies and practices. This work is essential to strengthen the United States' energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality.

EERE's portfolio is organized around eleven energy programs and leads the growth in Administration efforts to invest in clean energy research, reduce dependence on oil and other volatile foreign energy sources, and transform how the U.S. powers the economy by focusing on scientific discovery, job creation, energy transformation, and climate change impacts.

In managing its research, development and demonstration projects, EERE affects the formation and adaptation of national energy policy. To learn more about the structure of EERE and of the opportunities and activities Fellows have participated in, visit EERE's programs and offices and AAAS experiences pages, as well as EERE's AAAS opportunities page.

AAAS Fellowship Selection and Application Process

The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellows are chosen through a formal, three-tier merit review and selection process. The reviewers and Selection Committee members identify the best scientists and engineers from the applicant pool who they believe will benefit most from the opportunities that a AAAS Fellowship provides, and who will offer significant expertise, skills, effort and new perspectives to hosting offices.

Applicants are evaluated based on five categories:

  • Scientific/Technical Background and Professional Accomplishment
  • Leadership and Potential
  • Problem-Solving Abilities
  • Communication, Interpersonal and Outreach Skills
  • Commitment to AAAS Fellowship Objectives and Opportunities

For complete details surrounding the eligibility requirements and selection process visit the "Become a Fellow" section at the AAAS Fellowship Web site.

How to Apply

AAAS only accepts online application submissions. The online application system opens in early to mid-September every year with an application deadline of early December. Applicants who make it through the selection process and successfully interview with a hosting agency begin their fellowship in September.

Other important dates, including the actual application deadline for the upcoming year, may be found under the "Fellowship Schedule" section of
the AAAS Fellowship Application System.


Questions regarding EERE's AAAS Fellowship activities and process may be addressed to Todd Allen:

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Telephone: 720-356-1634
Address: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Mail Stop RSF, Department of Energy, Golden, CO 80401

Visit the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships Web site at for complete details about fellowship opportunities.  Questions for AAAS may be addressed to

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships
Telephone: 202-326-6700
Address: 1200 New York Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20005