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Eagleton Science and Politics Fellowship

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The Eagleton Science and Politics Fellowship offers PhD-level scientists and engineers the opportunity to apply their training and expertise to the development and implementation of relevant state policy. As full-time aides in the executive or legislative branch, Science Fellows bring their advanced technical skills to serve in state government.

During the one-year program, Science Fellows participate in the political process and support New Jersey state government officials in making evidence-based decisions in public policy areas involving science, engineering, and technology. Through this work, they develop an understanding of state government and learn how to build careers in public service.

The program begins with an intensive summer training seminar focused on New Jersey state politics and government, covering topics such as effective communication strategies, power structures, and political processes. Throughout the year, Science Fellows participate in professional development and networking sessions organized by the Institute.

The Eagleton Science and Politics Fellowship is a year-long, full-time fellowship for PhD-level scientists, engineers, physicians, and pharmacists based at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University – New Brunswick.


1) PhD or equivalent earned by July of the fellowship year in:

  • Natural sciences
  • Engineering
  • Medicine and Veterinary Medicine (MD, DO, DVM)
  • Pharmacy (PharmD)
  • Dentistry (DMD, DDS)

2) U.S. citizenship OR a suitable immigration status for non-residents


The Science Fellows receive a $50,000 stipend, up to $1,500 for professional development to offset conference travel and registration, and 15 ‘flex’ days to use as sick and holiday time in addition to state-observed holidays. Health insurance is provided for the Science Fellow with additional coverage for spouses and dependents available for purchase. Dental and vision plans are available as well. Visit the University Health Plans website for more information on health insurance benefits.

The Science Fellows also benefit from many Rutgers University resources, including access to over 20 libraries, extensive subscription to databases through PubMed, and university-wide events.

Application Procedure

Applications for 2021/2022 Eagleton Science and Politics Fellowship have closed. Sign up here to receive fellowship notifications and to remain informed about future events. For further inquiries, please contact Anna Dulencin, PhD, at

Applicants selected for video interviews are contacted in March/April.

Final candidates are selected and notified in May.

Official Website: Eagleton Science and Politics Fellowship



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