The Australian Science Policy Fellowship Program is an initiative of the Office of the Chief Scientist that aims to grow the diversity of expertise in the Australian Public Service (APS) workforce. It provides a pathway for early- to mid-career scientists to become skilled policy practitioners so they can contribute science to the policy process.
Fellows are employed as policy officers by participating Commonwealth Government host departments for 12 months. The Fellows bring a highly valued skillset, including data and analytical skills, and fresh perspectives on policy work.
“The Program has highlighted the endless opportunities that are available through working in the APS and is a great avenue for gaining meaningful, stable employment. I am excited about where this year will lead me to in the future.”– Morgan, 2020-21 Science Policy Fellow
The 2021-22 cohort will be the first cohort of the permanent Program, following a successful three‑year pilot. Launched in July 2018, the Program has placed 31 Science Policy Fellows across 10 Commonwealth Government departments. The vast majority of Fellows have subsequently moved into positions within the APS since completing the Fellowship Program.
To be eligible for the Program, the applicant must be an Australian citizen, hold a STEM PhD, be no more than 15 years post PhD completion, and be prepared to relocate to Canberra for the duration of the 12 month Program.
“The Program has made a huge difference because it allowed me to take my career in a new direction, while still recognising and valuing the skills I had developed as a research scientist.”– Kim, 2018-19 Science Policy Fellow
Applications for the 2021-22 cohort are open from 7 April to 26 April 2021. Visit Australia’s Chief Scientist’s website for all the details on how to apply: www.chiefscientist.gov.au/australian-science-policy-Fellowship-Program