Welcome to Science to Policy at UCR


UCR S2P is founded on the idea that scientists can and should play a critical role in public policy. The Science to Policy (S2P) Program at UC Riverside aims to empower Ph.D. graduates in sciences and engineering to become known and trusted voices in public policy at the federal, state and local levels. Click here to join our mailing list and learn how to get involved.



January 28, 2019 @ 1-2 pm:  Thinking about writing an op-ed in the future?  Want to get some hands-on feedback from an op-ed specialist?  Join us in INTS 1113 on UCR's campus for an op-ed writing workshop led by UCR's own J.D. Warren.  Mark your calendars and stay tuned for a registration link!

January 28, 2019 @ 11:59 pm:  The deadline for applications to attend the 2019 AAAS Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) workshop in Washington, D.C., is fast approaching!  To guarantee your spot, fill out an application here.

February 25, 2019 @ 1:30-5 pm:  Struggling to write your dissertation?  Need some motivation to get that manuscript submitted?  Come listen to one of the world's leading scholars on academic writing, Helen Sword, for an afternoon at UCR's Alumni Center.  Seats are limited and tickets are going fast; reserve your spot today!

Coming up in 2018-19

  • Webinars: Understanding science policy; Knowing your audience; Laws & regulations
  • Workshop and showcase: UCR Science Meets Policy
  • “Career Pathways to Science Policy” Seminar
  • Intro to Science Policy course
  • Graduate Certificate in Science Policy
  • State Capitol visit
  • Local Government office visits
  • Science Policy Conference Travel Grants

Science and Technology Policy Fellowships

  • AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowships and Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
    • AAAS Fellows: One-year fellowships in Washington, in the legislative, executive, and judicial branches.
    • Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows (also known as the Legislative Branch Fellowships): One-year fellowships in Congress, jointly administered by AAAS and several scientific and engineering societies.
    • Eligibility: A completed PhD degree, or a master’s degree in engineering plus at least three years of post-degree experience. Must be a U.S. citizen.
    • Websites: https://www.aaas.org/page/stpf/overview and https://www.aaas.org/storytopics/legislative-branch-fellowship
    • Description: "AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF) provide opportunities to outstanding scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about policymaking while contributing their knowledge and analytical skills to the federal policymaking process. Fellows serve yearlong assignments in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the federal government in Washington. Each year, the program adds to a growing corps over 3,000 strong of policy-savvy leaders working across academia, government, nonprofits and industry to serve the nation and the world."
  • Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    • Details: Twelve-week policy fellowships at the National Academies.
    • Eligibility: Graduate students, postdoctoral students, and professional school students. Open to U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, or non-U.S. citizens with certain visas.
    • Website: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/policyfellows/index.htm
    • Description: "The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program, now in its 20th 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' committee, board, or 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."
  • Presidential Management Fellowships, U.S. Office of Personnel Management
    • Details: Two-year fellowships in U.S. executive branch departments and agencies. May lead to offers of permanent civil-service jobs.
    • Eligibility: Must have a master’s degree or other advanced degree. Must be a U.S. citizen.
    • Website: https://www.pmf.gov/
    • Description: “The PMF Program is a great leadership training ground. You'll perform valuable service to the American people while jump-starting your career, whatever you envision that to be. You'll get full salary and benefits as well as challenging assignments, training, mentoring, plus an opportunity to make government work better. Find out more.”
  • John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program, Sea Grant Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
    • Details: One-year fellowships in executive agencies and Congress. The focus is on ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes policy issues.
    • Eligibility: A completed PhD degree or a master’s degree in engineering plus at least three years of post-degree experience. Must be a U.S. citizen.
    • Websites: http://seagrant.noaa.gov/Knauss and Knauss Fellowship Overview 2018 (PDF download)
    • Description: "The Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship provides a unique educational and professional experience to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The Fellowship, named after one of Sea Grant's founders, former NOAA Administrator John A. Knauss, matches highly qualified graduate students with ‘hosts’ in the legislative and executive branch of government located in the Washington, D.C. area, for a one-year paid fellowship."
  • California Science and Technology Policy Fellows Program, CCST
    • Details: One-year fellowships in the California Legislature and California executive agencies.
    • Eligibility: A completed PhD degree, or a master’s degree in engineering plus at least three years of post-degree experience. Must be a U.S. citizen.
    • Website: http://fellows.ccst.us/
    • Description: “The California Council on Science & Technology (CCST) Science & Technology Policy Fellows Program places ten PhD-level scientists annually in the California legislature for one-year appointments. Fellows work hands-on with policymakers addressing complex scientific and technical issues as well as assuming other responsibilities of full-time legislative staffers. By embedding PhD-level scientists directly in the California state legislature the CCST Fellows Program helps inform policy discussions with scientific perspectives and expertise.”