Science and technology are increasingly important in public policy. From environmental sustainability to homeland security, policy-makers routinely make decisions that require input from and have impact on the chemical community. Yet only five percent of the members of Congress have backgrounds in science and engineering, and 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. 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.
Successful applicants must demonstrate:
- Significant familiarity with the chemical sciences or engineering disciplines (e.g., a doctorate or a master’s degree and equivalent experience). All degree requirements must be completed before the fellowship start date.
- A working understanding of the chemical community
- Technical excellence as appropriate to career stage
- Interest in the public policy process, and an awareness of and sensitivity to the political, economic, and social factors that influence policy-makers
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including experience communicating effectively (orally and in writing) with non-technical audiences...