APA Executive Branch Science Fellowship Program: Call for applications

Come spend a year in Washington, D.C. as an American Psychological Association Executive Branch Science Fellow.

Come spend a year in Washington, D.C. as an American Psychological Association (APA) Executive Branch Science Fellow. The fellowship program places psychological scientists as special assistants in federal science agencies for one year appointments.

Activities may involve:

  • Soliciting research applications
  • Running peer-review panels
  • Staffing intergovernmental scientific task forces and committees
  • Producing scientific media materials
  • Responding to congressional inquiries
  • Working on agency budgets and programming
  • Preparing briefs and speeches

Along with fellows sponsored by more than two dozen other professional scientific societies, APA fellows attend an orientation program on congressional and executive branch operations as well as a year-long science and public policy seminar series administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and APA.

Previous placement opportunities for APA fellows have included the:

  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Science Foundation
  • White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Education
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Department of Justice
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy

More about the program

APA will sponsor one fellow for a one-year appointment beginning Sept. 1, 2014. Fellows receive a stipend, additional funding to purchase health insurance, and professional development and relocation expenses during the fellowship year. Final selection of fellows will be made in early spring of 2014.

What we are looking for

Fellows should demonstrate excellence in scientific psychology, understand the application of psychological knowledge to national research and policy issues, and be able to work quickly and communicate effectively on a wide variety of topics. Each applicants must have a doctorate in psychology (from an APA-accredited doctoral program) or related field and be a member of APA (or have currently applied) and a U.S. citizen. A minimum of two years post-doctoral experience is preferred. Applications are due Jan. 3, 2014. Apply online through the fellowship website or contact Heather Kelly, fellowship director.