SRCD U.S. Policy Fellowship Programs

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SRCD offers two policy fellowship programs: Federal and State. Both offer immersive opportunities for researchers to learn about policy development, implementation, and evaluation, and how to use developmental science to inform public policy at either the federal or state level in the United States.
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The SRCD Federal Policy Fellowship Program includes two types of fellowships, the Congressional Policy Fellowship and the Executive Branch Policy Fellowship. The SRCD State Policy Fellowship Program includes the State Policy Pre-doctoral Fellowship and State Policy Post-doctoral Fellowship.

Why Become a SRCD Policy Fellow?

  • To understand the linkages between research and policy through an immersion experience.
  • Learn how to communicate more effectively with policymakers.
  • Further expand your career opportunities and network.
  • Learn how to formulate more informed and useful questions for policy-related research.
  • Strengthen your skill sets with professional development opportunities.
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2018 - 2019 SRCD Policy Fellows

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Get to know this year’s Federal and State Policy Fellows.

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I am greatly appreciative of the incredible learning opportunity that the SRCD Policy Fellowship has provided. It has given me a platform to apply my training as a developmental psychologist to the very policy-relevant work that is being conducted on a federal level to improve early childhood systems nationwide.

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Former SRCD Executive Branch Fellow
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Who Should Apply?

Scholars from a variety of backgrounds and scientific disciplines are encouraged to apply. Just as SRCD itself is an interdisciplinary organization, our fellows have backgrounds from a range of disciplines focusing on child development issues.

  • SRCD Federal Policy Fellowship Program
    • Individuals with a doctorate from any discipline relevant to child development.
    • Early, mid-career, and advanced professionals.
    • Applicants must have received a doctoral-level degree (e.g., Ph.D., Ed.D., M.D.) prior to the start of the fellowship.
       
  • SRCD State Policy Fellowship Program
    • Individuals who have completed a doctorate within the past two years in any discipline relevant to child development. These applicants must have received a doctoral-level degree (e.g., Ph.D., Ed.D., M.D.) prior to the start of the fellowship.
    • Current doctoral candidates studying any discipline relevant to child development who have completed at least two years of coursework.
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Read about the SRCD Policy Fellowship Experience

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Each year, we ask SRCD Policy Fellows to write a reflection of their experiences in the program. Read first-hand accounts of the policy work to which our fellows are contributing.

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Which Fellowship Is Right for Me?

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How Do I Apply?

  • SRCD Federal Policy Fellowship Program
    • The online application portal for the 2020-2021 fellowship year will open Fall 2019
       
  • SRCD State Policy Fellowship Program
    • The call for letters of intent for the 2020-2021 fellowship year will be issued Fall 2019