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September Live Chat

STPF Application & Interview: Advice and Walkthrough

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Applying to the AAAS S&T Policy Fellowships (STPF) this year? Whether you’re about to start an application, or hit submit, join us on September 15 at 2 p.m. ET for an insider’s look at the application and interview process. Hear from a panel of STPF fellows who will offer insights into the STPF application, like how to approach your essays, letters of reference, and CV. Plus, fellows will discuss what might happen after you hit submit: semi-finalist interviews, a policy memo, and finalist interview week (for executive branch applicants). Don’t miss this conversation as you craft your 2022 application.

This is the fourth of a five-part series. Miss an earlier chat? View the full schedule and watch on-demand recordings of previous chats here

STPF Eligibility Criteria

STPF is open to U.S. citizens who hold doctoral level degrees in any of the following fields:

  • Biological, Agricultural or Life sciences.
  • Physical or Earth sciences.
  • Social and Behavioral sciences.
  • Computational and Information sciences.
  • Mathematics and Statistics.
  • Medical and Health Sciences.
  • Engineering disciplines (applicants with an M.S. in engineering and three years of professional engineering experience also qualify).

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Live Chat Speakers:

Vince Tedjasaputra, 2019-21 Executive Branch Fellow, National Science Foundation, Office of Legislative and Public Affairs (OD)

Vincent is currently the Director of Scientific Communications at the American Lung Association. He completed his STPF fellowship at the National Science Foundation, Office of Legislative and Public Affairs. He is a former college athlete-turned Exercise Physiologist from San Diego, CA. He earned a B.S. in Human Biology at UC San Diego, an M.S. in Exercise Physiology at San Diego State University, a Ph.D. in Physical Education and Recreation the University of Alberta, and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pulmonary Physiology at the UC San Diego School of Medicine.
Anna Hagstrom, 2021-23 Executive Branch Fellow, Department of Energy, Office of Strategic Programs

Anna is an environmental scientist passionate about policies to advance environmental health and support the clean energy transition. She is currently beginning her second year as a STPF fellow in the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, where she works on cross-cutting energy analysis projects as a member of the Strategic Analysis Team in the Office of the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary. Anna earned a Ph.D. in chemical and environmental engineering from Yale University and a B.A. in chemistry from Amherst College.

Xoco Shinbrot, 2021-23 Executive Branch Fellow, National Science Foundation, Office of Polar Programs

Xoco is an ecologist and conservation social scientist using impact assessment, science coordination and science communication approaches to make strides on topics of: climate adaptation; conservation economics; and diversity, equity and inclusion. Xoco continued to earn her Ph.D. in ecology at Colorado State University in the department of human dimensions of natural resources in 2019. Her doctoral research centered on how stewardship and climate adaptation could be fostered through community-based natural resource management, payment for ecosystem services, and citizen science programs in rural and urban Latin America. Xoco is driven to help ecosystems thrive while advancing human wellbeing, and she is excited to continue to engage in policy work and community-based natural resource management in the Arctic.

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