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Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

S&T Policy Fellow

Science & Technology – arli, Virginia
Department Science & Technology
Employment Type Full time
Minimum Experience Entry-level

S&T Policy Fellowship, Center for Revolutionary Scientific Thought

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is currently inviting applications for a six-month fellowship based in Washington D.C., designed to produce experts in science and technology (S&T) policy. The program aims to train early to mid-career professionals from diverse backgrounds including academia, industry, and government, in S&T topics, strategic thinking, and practical policy skills.

The Fellowship will prepare individuals to “think big” about the future of S&T—including the potential, societal-level impacts of S&T and policy options that will be required to encourage or control its development. Individuals selected will be required to engage in deep and out-of-the-box thinking to engender bold solutions for future S&T policy concerns.

Fellows will be immersed in daily classes and discussions on a range of topics including:

  • Legislation and policy-making
  • Federal R&D investments
  • Government budgeting and appropriation processes 
  • Congressional processes and communications 
  • Defense and intelligence organizations, roles and missions 
  • National security S&T topics and priorities 
  • S&T forecasting concepts and methods
  • Science fiction as a tool for developing creative thinking 

The Fellowship includes reading and instruction from experts in S&T futures topics and policy issues, such as: artificial intelligence, big data, privacy, governance, disinformation and hybrid warfare, biotechnology, neurotechnology, existential threats, and space exploration and commercialization.  

The Fellowship will give fellows hands-on experience in developing S&T policy, including:

  • Researching, drafting and presenting written and oral communications products for policy makers
  • Weekly seminars with S&T and policy experts
  • Regular field trips within Washington D.C. to meet with policy leaders
  • Multiple networking events to meet and engage with D.C. experts.  

Who should apply? 

Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is accepting candidates on a rolling basis. The Fellowship will run from June through December 2018. After the six-month fellowship, graduates can expect to either stay on at the Potomac Institute or go on to careers in government or industry. Ideal candidates are early to mid-career professionals from academia, industry, or government with a strong interest in S&T Policy. A technical PhD, or demonstrated fluency in working with technical material, is preferred but not required. 

All candidates must be US citizens, willing to reside in the Washington D.C. area for the June through December 2018 timeframe.

Application Process

Applicants must write a letter of interest to the S&T Policy Fellowship selection committee. The letter should address the following considerations: (1) the applicant’s interest in S&T policy; (2) the applicant’s career path, aspirations for the future, and how the S&T Policy Fellowship will further their career development; and (3) a brief, creative paragraph answering the questions: what will be the biggest S&T policy challenge of the year 2050, and what is an innovative solution to address it?

Please email your letter of interest, résumé and a writing sample to:

Kathryn Schiller Wurster 

Chief Policy Officer

Potomac Institute for Policy Studies 

901 N. Stuart St., Suite 1200 

Arlington, VA 22203



A final selection will be made based on personal interviews with the selection committee. The interview will include questions and discussions requiring the candidate to think creatively and respond to specific challenges, in addition to conventional interview questions.

About Potomac Institute

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is an independent, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit public policy research institute. The Institute identifies and aggressively shepherds discussion on key science, technology, and national security issues facing our society, providing in particular, an academic forum for the study of related policy issues. From these discussions and forums, we develop meaningful policy options and ensure their implementation at the intersection of business and government. The Potomac Institute offices are located in the Ballston area of Arlington, Virginia. http://www.potomacinstitute.org

Keywords: science policy, S&T policy, think tank, science communication, Washington D.C., Arlington 

Job Type: Full-time


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