SRCD Executive Branch Policy Fellowship Program

The SRCD Executive Branch Policy Fellowship Program is designed to provide greater interaction between the developmental science research community and federal agencies. Fellows participate in a two-week science policy orientation at AAAS as well as further training sponsored by SRCD focusing specifically on child and family policy. In mid-September they begin placements as resident scholars in federal agencies.

SRCD Executive Branch Fellows are involved with bridging research and policy through a variety of responsibilities. Past fellows have been provided with training opportunities to work on programmatic and research funding; the federal regulatory process; program evaluation for federal programs; and other implementation aspects of federal policymaking. For example, some fellows' placements have provided them with opportunities to contribute to study design for congressionally mandated and federally-funded studies, to write RFA's and Program Announcements for federal grant programs, and to contribute to grant review for extramural grant applications.

View description of recent Executive Branch Agency Placements.

Selection Process

Applications are reviewed by the SRCD Federal Policy Fellowship Selection Committee, which often includes members of the SRCD Science and Social Policy Committee. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of their research accomplishments, references, and written statement of interest. Candidates who will be interviewed are then selected. Notification regarding interviews typically occurs by February and interviews are held in the spring. When applicants to the SRCD Executive Branch Policy Fellowship visit Washington, D.C. for their interviews, they will also attend a Federal Agency Informational Session with representatives of placement agencies. Selected candidates are then offered the SRCD Executive Branch Policy Fellowship pending finding an appropriate placement.

Federal agencies then interview the candidates and make the matches for placements. While the selected candidates typically secure placements, receipt of a placement cannot be guaranteed. The final offer of the fellowship is not confirmed until a placement is finalized, which can take up to two months.

During the Fellowship Year

SRCD Executive Branch Policy Fellowship awards are contingent on the availability of federal funds and may be extended an additional year (for a total of up to two years). Fellowship stipends use the government pay scale, taking into consideration previous experience and salary. For information about fellows stipends, please visit the Federal Fellowship FAQs.