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John Bahcall Public Policy Fellowship

The John Bahcall Public Policy Fellowship was created in 2006 to provide an opportunity for early career astronomers to gain experience in the world of science policy and serves to augment the policy advocacy programs of the society. The Bahcall Fellowship is currently a one-year postdoctoral level appointment, renewable for a second year.

The Fellow works in partnership with the Director of Public Policy to coordinate the public policy activities of the AAS. Responsibilities include:

  • Direct advocacy for issues in the astronomical sciences with Congress, the Administration, and others
  • Maintaining relationships with key policy people related to the astronomical sciences (Congressional staff, White House staff, federal agency staff, National Academies, etc.)
  • Supporting the work of the Committee on Astronomy and Public Policy (CAPP), Division policy committees, and Society and Division leadership
  • Coordination of multiple Congressional visits days for groups of members
  • Coordination of educational briefings and exhibitions on Capitol Hill
  • Drafting of congressional testimony, letters to policymakers, AAS resolutions, and advocacy materials
  • Developing and implementing policy sessions for AAS annual meetings
  • Authorship of the AAS Policy Blog, policy-related AAS social media, contributions to AAAS R&D analysis publications, and AAS Action Alerts and Informational Emails
  • Delivering invited colloquium talks at college/university departments and other institutions around the country
  • Representing the AAS in a number of science and technology coalitions, including taking on occasional leadership roles for special events or initiatives
  • Attendance at policy-related events: receptions, Congressional hearings, coalition meetings, conferences, briefings, advisory committee meetings, colloquia, etc.

Applications for the 2017 Bahcall Fellowship are no longer being accepted. The deadline was 31 March.

Questions about the position should be sent electronically and addressed to:

Joel Parriott
Director of Public Policy & Deputy Executive Officer

Additional Science policy fellowships are listed here.

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