APA Executive Branch Science Fellowship Program

American Psychological Association

This fellowship was started to sponsor one fellow with a doctorate in psychology from an APA-accredited doctoral program or related field. Fellows will spend one year working as special assistants in executive branch science mission agencies and in research funding and coordinating offices. Duties of fellows may include soliciting research applications and running peer review panels, staffing intergovernmental scientific task forces and committees, producing scientific media materials, responding to congressional inquiries, working on agency budgets and programming, and preparing briefs and speeches. Applicants must be excellent in scientific psychology and understand the application of psychological knowledge to national research and policy issues.

Key Information

Eligibility Requirements

  • Age/Grade Level:
    An applicant must have a doctorate in psychology
  • Financial Need:
    Not Mentioned
  • Citizenship:
    Applicant must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Major/Career:
    Applicant must have a doctorate in psychology
  • Organization:
    Be a member of APA (or applicant for membership)
  • Miscellaneous:
    A minimum of two years postdoctoral experience is preferred.
  • Other Benefits:
    APA provides a fellowship stipend, as well as allotments for health insurance coverage, professional development, relocation expenses, and travel and lodging for the APA convention.

Application Details

  • Transcript:
    Not required
  • Resume/Activity List:
    Not required
  • Essay:
    A statement of approximately 1,000 words addressing your interest in the fellowship, contributions you believe you can make to the federal scientific research process, what you want to learn from the experience and how the fellowship fits within your overall career goals.
  • Recommendation Letters:
    Three letters of reference, specifically addressing your ability to serve successfully in the executive branch as a fellow, should be sent to Dr. Heather Kelly at the address below. Hard-copy letters in sealed envelopes may be sent from the reference writers or by the applicant to Dr. Kelly, and/or email versions of reference letters may be emailed by the reference writers only to Dr. Kelly, directly from their email accounts.
  • Other Materials:
    A completed online applicationA detailed curriculum vitae

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