Australian Science Policy Fellowship Pilot Program

The Australian Science Policy Fellowship Pilot Program gives Australian scientists the opportunity to work in a Commonwealth Government Department for one year.

The pilot program seeks to grow the diversity of expertise in the Australian Public Service workforce by providing a pathway for early- and mid-career scientists to become skilled policy practitioners.

The pilot commenced in July 2018 and will run until June 2021. Each year, up to twenty fellowships will be offered to scientists who have a genuine interest in public policy. Fellows are employed by host departments across the Australian Public Service in diverse policy roles. They are not appointed as a subject matter specialists but as generalist policy officers who can contribute their skills and experience to policy development.

In its inaugural year, seven talented scientists started as policy officers in five departments: the Attorney General’s Department, the Department of Health, the Department of Environment and Energy, the Department of Education and Training, and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. You can read the profiles of the 2018-19 fellows and meet the 2019-20 fellows to learn more about their experiences in the program.

Over the year the fellows are embedded in policy teams. They receive on-the-job training and exposure to policy making. Fellows are also supported by the Office of the Chief Scientist and have access to mentors in their host department. Future cohorts will have the additional support of an alumni network.

Applications for the 2020-21 cohort are now open. For more information please contact: