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Now Open: Applications for CCST’s Science & Technology Policy Fellowship in Sacramento, California

Application Deadline: 11:59 pm PST on March 1st, 2022

The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) is seeking PhD scientists and engineers for a year of public service and government leadership training in the California State Legislature and Executive Branch offices.  Applications are Due March 1st.

CCST is recruiting and accepting applications for the 2023 Class of CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellows.

As CCST S&T Policy Fellows, scientists and engineers spend one year in Sacramento serving in the California State Legislature or within a California Executive Branch office. Working as staff in the State Assembly, State Senate, or in a state agency they get a front-row seat learning about the craft and process of decision making in the State of California — a dynamic arena that often sets policy trends for the United States and the world.


To be eligible for the Fellows program, candidates must possess the following minimum qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. or equivalent level degree (Sc.D., M.D., DVM, DO, DDS, EdD, etc.) in a qualified field (engineering; social or behavioral sciences; medical or health sciences; biological, physical, or earth sciences; or computational sciences or mathematics). Degrees other than those noted here may also qualify on a case by case basis.
  • Hold U.S. citizenship or have eligibility to work on a full-time basis for a US employer (e.g., permanent residents, refugees, asylees, holders of Employment Authorization Documents). CCST will not sponsor a Fellow for a work visa.

Application Procedure

While there is no ideal candidate for a CCST Science Fellow, there are certain traits that lead to success in the Fellowship. We are looking for candidates who have:

  • A sincere interest in California current events and state policy making and political processes
  • A capacity to be flexible, adaptable, and fully engaged
  • A willingness to work in a fast paced, high profile work environment
  • A desire to learn how policy decisions are made and to understand and appreciate the needs of decision makers
  • A proficiency in translating complex scientific data into non-technical prose
  • A strong interest in informing public policy decisions using scientific and technical data
  • A knack for dealing with technical information outside one’s own specialty
  • An appreciation for the talents of individuals with differing backgrounds and credentials
  • An affinity for interdisciplinary collaboration and working on diverse teams.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Personal integrity and self-motivation

To apply, you will need to submit:

  • A personal statement outlining why you are applying to the CCST Science Fellows Program, what you hope to bring to the program, and what you hope to take away.
    • The statement must be written in an easily read font no smaller than 12 point size, with 1 inch margins, double-spaced. It must not exceed 3 pages in length.
  • Your most recent CV or resume
  • Three letters of recommendation.

Official Website: Now Open: Applications for CCST’s Science & Technology Policy Fellowship in Sacramento, California



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