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The Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology
Policy Graduate Fellowship Program

We are pleased to announce the fellows for the 2020 Mirzayan fellowship class. Meet the new class.

The Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program is a full-time hands-on training and educational program that provides early career individuals with the opportunity to spend 12 weeks at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, DC learning about science and technology policy and the role that scientists and engineers play in advising the nation. This Mirzayan Fellowship offers a unique opportunity to obtain the essential skills and knowledge needed to work in science policy at the federal, state, or local levels.

For more details,


Gail Cohen, Director
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About the Program

The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program, now in its 22nd year, is a full-time hands-on training and educational program that provides early career individuals with the opportunity to spend 12 weeks at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, DC learning about science and technology policy and the role that scientists and engineers play in advising the nation.

Each year, applicants from around the world become part of an Academies' unit where they are assigned to a mentor and learn about the world of science and technology policy. An immersive experience, the program is designed to broaden fellows' appreciation of employment opportunities outside academia and leave them with both a firm grasp of the important and dynamic role of science and technology in decision-making and a better understanding of the role that they can play in strengthening the science and technology enterprise for the betterment of mankind.

Alumni of the program hold positions in Congressional committees such as the House Science and Technology Committee and at federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of State, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, United States Agency for International Development, Department of Defense, and Department of Energy. They also work in foreign governments, in international institutions such as the European Union and World Bank, in universities, and in the private sector.

▸ Purpose of the Program

▸ What to Expect

▸ About Christine Mirzayan

▸ Christine Mirzayan Memorial Fund

How to Apply

Please note the following:

  • This is NOT a scholarship. This program is NOT employment, does NOT fund research, research-related activities, award scholarships, or provide financial aid assistance of any kind. A stipend is provided to offset living expenses during the fellowship period.
  • Eligibility. Graduate and professional school students and those who have completed graduate studies (degree awarded) within the last five years may apply. Areas of study may include social/behavioral sciences, health and medicine, physical or biological sciences, engineering, law/business/public administration, or relevant interdisciplinary fields. Refer to Eligibility Criteria below.
  • Reference Requirements. TWO online references must be received prior to application submission. You will NOT be able to submit your application until BOTH references have been received. References must be relevant to your academic, professional, volunteer or other related experience.
  • Even if you have applied for a fellowship in the past, you MUST complete a new application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Application materials do not carry over from session to session.

The 2020 session of the Mirzayan Fellowship will begin on January 21 and conclude on April 10, 2020.

▸ Eligibility Criteria

▸ Steps to Apply

▸ FAQs

Prospective Units

All units may not participate during each session. There is no way to know in advance which units will be accepting fellows. Review the former fellows list to see which units have accepted fellows recently. Applicants may apply for up to seven units, and we strongly encourage selecting the maximum number.

download [Download printer-friendly alphabetical list of prospective units]

Division on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE) Division Website
Participating Units within DBASSE:

Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences (BBCSS)
Board on Children, Youth, and Families (BCYF) Joint with Health and Medicine Division
Board on Environmental Change and Society (BECS) 
Board on Human-Systems Integration (BOHSI)
Board on Science Education (BOSE)
Board on Testing and Assessment (BOTA)
Committee on Law and Justice (CLAJ)
Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT)
Committee on Population (CPOP)
Division on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education Executive Office (DBASSE EO)

Division on Earth and Life Studies (DELS) Division Website
Participating Units within DELS:

Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources (BANR)
Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (BASC)
Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology (BCST)
Board on Earth Sciences and Resources (BESR)
Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology (BEST)
Board on Life Sciences (BLS)
Division of Earth and Life Studies Executive Office (DELS EO)
Institute for Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR)
Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board (NRSB)
Ocean Studies Board (OSB)
Polar Research Board (PRB)
Water Science and Technology Board (WSTB)

Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (DEPS) Division Website
Participating Units within DEPS:

Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board (ASEB)
Air Force Studies Board (AFSB)
Board on Army Research and Development (BOARD)
Board on Energy and Environmental Systems (BEES)
Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment (BICE)
Board on Mathematical Sciences and Analytics (BMSA)
Board on Physics and Astronomy (BPA)
Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB)
Intelligence Community Studies Board (ICSB)
Laboratory Assessments Board (LAB)
National Materials and Manufacturing Board (NMMB)
Naval Studies Board (NSB)
Space Studies Board (SSB) 

Health and Medicine Division (HMD) Division Website
Participating Units within HMD:

Board on Children, Youth, and Families (BCYF) Joint with Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Board on Global Health (BGH)
Board on Health Care Services (HCS)
Board on Health Sciences Policy (HSP)
Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice (BPH) 
Board on the Health of Select Populations (BSP) 
Food and Nutrition Board (FNB)

National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Division Website
Participating Units within NAE: 

Center for Engineering Ethics and Society
Executive Office
Grand Challenges for Engineering
Manufacturing, Design and Innovation
K-12 Engineering Education

Policy and Global Affairs Division (PGA) Division Website
Participating Units within PGA:

Board on Higher Education and the Workforce (BHEW)
Board on International Scientific Organizations (BISO)
Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy (STEP)
Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI)
Committee on Human Rights (CHR)
Committee on International Security and Arms Control (CISAC)
Committee on Science, Engineering, Medicine and Public Policy (COSEMPUP)
Committee on Science, Technology and Law (CSTL)
Committee on Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine (CWSEM)
Development, Security and Cooperation (DSC)
Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR)
InterAcademy Partnership for Research
Resilient America Roundtable

Science and Technology for Sustainability Program (STS)

Transportation Research Board (TRB) Division Website 
 Participating Units within TRB:

Cooperative Research Programs (CRP)
Studies and Special Programs Division
Technical Activities Division

Other activities of the National Academy of Sciences
Participating Units:

Cultural Programs of the NAS (CPNAS) 
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)
Gulf Research Program


Current and Past Fellows

2019 Fellows

View the 2019 Biographical Sketches pdf  (630kb)

2019 Fellows

2018 Fellows

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2018 Fellows

2017 Fellows

View the 2017 Biographical Sketches pdf  (446kb)

2017 Fellows

2016 Fellows

View the 2016 Biographical Sketches pdf  (373kb)

2016 Fellows

2015 Fellows

View the 2015 Biographical Sketches pdf  (226kb)

2015 Fellows

2014 Fellows

View the 2014 Biographical Sketches pdf  (291kb)

2014 Fellows

2012 Fall Fellows

View the 2012 Fall Biographical Sketches pdf  (366kb)

2012 Fall Fellows

2012 Winter Fellows

View the 2012 Winter Biographical Sketches pdf  (293kb)

2012 Winter Fellows

2011 Fall Fellows

View the 2011 Fall Biographical Sketches pdf  (441kb)

2010 Fall Fellows

2011 Winter Fellows

View the 2011 Winter Biographical Sketches pdf  (405kb)

2011 Winter Fellows

2010 Fall Biographical Sketches pdf  (372kb)
2010 Winter Biographical Sketches pdf  (466kb)
2009 Fall Biographical Sketches pdf  (100k)
2009 Winter Biographical Sketches pdf  (245kb)
2008 Fall Biographical Sketches pdf  (228kb)
2008 Winter Biographical Sketches pdf  (237kb)
2007 Summer Biographical Sketches pdf  (348kb)
2007 Fall Biographical Sketches pdf  (348kb)
2007 Winter Biographical Sketches pdf  (426kb)
2006 Summer Biographical Sketches pdf  (278kb)
2006 Fall Biographical Sketches pdf  (209kb)
2006 Winter Biographical Sketches pdf  (224kb)
2005 Summer Biographical Sketches pdf  (230kb)
2005 Fall Biographical Sketches pdf  (321kb)
2005 Winter Biographical Sketches pdf  (158kb)
2004 Summer Biographical Sketches pdf  (127kb)
2004 Fall Biographical Sketches pdf  (108kb)
2004 Winter Biographical Sketches pdf  (100k)

2003 Summer Biographical Sketches pdf  (131kb)
2003 Fall Biographical Sketches pdf  (502kb)
2003 Winter Biographical Sketches pdf  (275kb)
2002 Summer Biographical Sketches pdf  (432kb)
2002 Fall Biographical Sketches pdf  (291kb)
2002 Winter Biographical Sketches pdf  (225kb)
2001 Summer Biographical Sketches pdf  (400kb)
2001 Winter Biographical Sketches pdf  (319kb)
2000 Summer Biographical Sketches pdf  (402kb)
2000 Winter Biographical Sketches pdf  (334kb)
1999 Biographical Sketches pdf  (524kb)
1998 Biographical Sketches pdf  (346kb)
1997 Biographical Sketches pdf  (311kb)

What the Fellows Say

  • Irene Cheng (2019) - "The Mirzayan Fellowship is a training opportunity like no other. Fellows are challenged to ask questions, try new projects in new fields, push boundaries, and meet everyone in DC!"
  • Pritishma Lakhe (2019) - "I had an amazing experience as a Mirzayan Fellow. The opportunities I got to make professional connections and build relationships were beyond what I had imagined. This is a great opportunity for grad students to learn about career options beyond the traditional route!"
  • Laura P. Minero (2019) - "The Mirzayan Fellowship completely exceeded my expectations in learning about science policy alongside really intelligent and amazing people that have all become my friends. Best three months in DC ever!"
  • Becca Monteleone (2019)- "The Mirzayan Fellowship was such an incredible experience! It's a fantastic opportunity to learn more about #sciencepolicy in DC and to meet some amazing people!"
  • Melody Tan (2019) - "The Mirzayan Fellowship was by far the best opportunity I've had during my PhD and really helped focus my career goals."
  • Augusta Williams (2019) - "I cannot recommend the Mirzayan Fellowship enough. It completely changed my science, my career prospects, and my life! If you are at all interested in #scipol or learning how your #science can be translated into action, please consider applying."
  • Yasmeen Hussain (2017) - "The Mirzayan Fellowship was an amazing intro to science policy - I highly recommend applying!
  • Kellyann Jones-Jamtgaard, PhD (2017) - "Being a fellow and part of the Committee on Women in SEM was one of the best experiences I've ever had!"
  • Sarah Soliman (2009 Fall) - "This was such a crucial experience in my career development. Highly recommend & still rely heavily on the beauty of the Mirzayan Fellowship network."
  • Jay Cole, PhD (2007 Summer) - "Being a Mirzayan Fellow was transformative. Doing substantive science policy work, learning how politics really operates, meeting and interacting with exceptional peers and international experts—all in a city with endless cultural and social possibilities. Anyone looking for an amazing intellectual and professional adventure should apply to be a Mirzayan Fellow."
  • Aaron Levine (2003 Summer) - "I was a Mirzayan Fellow with @theNASciences' Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy many years ago and highly recommend it. Excellent introduction to world of #SciencePolicy."

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