CCST is seeking scientists and engineers interested in science policy experience

by Noreen Balos, Funding Peer
Wednesday, December 07, 2016 11:58 AM

The California Council on Science and Technology is now accepting applications for the 2018 Class of the CCST Science Technology Policy FellowshipCompleted applications are due on February 28, 2017.

The CCST Science Fellows program is open to those holding a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in science and engineering, and in social science fields such as economics. Eligibility information, program timeline, and the application link can be found at

As CCST Science Fellows, scientists and engineers spend one year in Sacramento serving the California State Legislature. Working as legislative staff in the State Senate or State Assembly, they get a front-row seat learning about the craft and process of lawmaking in the State of California – a dynamic arena that often sets policy trends for the United States and the world.

‚ÄčThe Fellowship is an incredible opportunity to transform a scientist's professional path. In fact, about 50 percent of CCST Science Fellows have been hired by the California State Legislature or state agencies since completing their fellowship. Other alumni return to academia, nonprofits, or industry with a deeper understanding of how science informs policymaking, enhancing their career as researchers, professors, consultants, and leaders. Read reflections from current and former CCST Science Fellows here:

Fellowship Timeline:

  • Dec. 1, 2016: Application Opens
  • Feb. 28, 2017: Application Deadline 5 p.m. Pacific Time
  • Mid-Apr. 2017: Notifications sent
  • Late May/Early Jun. 2017: Finalist Interviews
  • Jun. 2017: Finalists Selected
  • Nov. 1, 2017: Fellows Training in Sacramento
  • Dec. 1, 2017: Fellows Assigned
  • Oct. 31, 2018: Fellowship Ends