About The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program
The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program, now in its 18th year, is a full-time hands-on training and educational program that provides early career individuals with the opportunity to spend 12 weeks at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, DC learning about science and technology policy and the role that scientists and engineers play in advising the nation.
Each year, applicants from around the world become part of an Academies' committee, board, or unit where they are assigned to a mentor and learn about the world of science and technology policy. An immersive experience, the program is designed to broaden fellows’ appreciation of employment opportunities outside academia and leave them with both a firm grasp of the important and dynamic role of science and technology in decision-making and a better understanding of the role that they can play in strengthening the science and technology enterprise for the betterment of mankind.
Alumni of the program hold positions in Congressional committees such as the House Science and Technology Committee and at federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of State, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, United States Agency for International Development, Department of Defense, and Department of Energy. They also work in foreign governments, in international institutions such as the European Union and World Bank, in universities, and in the private sector.
Purpose of the Program
The fellowship program, which operates under the auspices of the Policy and Global Affairs Division, a program unit within the Academies, is designed to engage early career professionals in the analytical processes that inform U.S. science and technology policy. Fellows obtain the essential skills and knowledge needed to work in science policy at the federal, state, or local levels.
During the first week of the fellowship program, fellows spend their mornings learning about how the Academies operate and gaining an understanding of the fundamentals of science and technology policy. Fellows receive briefings from representatives of other organizations in Washington, DC that influence, make, or report on science and technology policy.
Throughout the fellowship program, fellows are assigned to small groups that research specific science and technology policy topics. Each group presents their findings to the full fellowship class. Through this exercise, fellows gain a better understanding of committee dynamics in an environment that is similar to that of the Academies’ committees. In the process, fellows gain insights into the challenges inherent in arranging presentations of the type that would be made before a congressional or Academies’ committee.
During the fellowship period, fellows have lunch with each of the Academies' Presidents. They may also attend additional briefings both within and outside the Institution. Fellows are strongly encouraged to independently seek other activities outside the Academies to include congressional hearings, seminars at think tanks, and briefings at federal agencies. In addition, fellows attend a reception for current and former fellows. This event provides a unique opportunity to network and learn about potential career options in science and technology policy.
The application for the 2016 session of the Mirzayan Fellowship is now available, visit "How to Apply" to learn more.
The deadline by which the application must be submitted is September 9, 2015.
The session will last from January 19 - April 9, 2016.
The stipend will be $8500.
There will be Mirzayan Fellowship sessions also in 2017 and 2018.