Australia's Chief Scientist, Dr Cathy Foley, with the 2023–24 Australian Science Policy Fellows.

Standing left of screen: Dr Michele Fullarton, Dr Matthew Henry, Dr Monica Espinosa Gomez, Dr Pegah Maasoumi and Dr Cathy Foley (left to right). Shown on screen: Dr Kun Zhang (top); Dr Jibriil Ibrahim, Dr Jason Wells, Dr Margaret Boettcher, Dr Donna Savigni and Dr Louis Gbayan (left to right). Standing right of screen: Dr Dan Yunana, Dr Penelope Hill, Dr Elizabeth Stout, Dr Sundara Mawalagedera and Dr Jenny Fisher (left to right).

The Australian Science Policy Fellowship Program is an initiative of the Chief Scientist. It provides a pathway for early-to-mid career scientists to work in policy within the Australian Public Service (APS).

The Fellows gain a practical understanding of government processes and policymaking and bring fresh perspectives and a highly valued skillset to their host department or agency.

Launched in 2018, the program aims to build the diversity of expertise in the APS workforce through the placement of up to 20 Fellows each year across more than a dozen Australian Government departments.

Fellows are employed as policy officers for up to 12 months, receiving on-the-job training in, and exposure to, a range of government functions. Throughout their fellowship participants are supported by the Office of the Chief Scientist, have access to mentors, and are provided with unique networking and other opportunities. 

On completion of their fellowship most participants move into positions within the APS. Those returning to academia do so with new perspectives, understanding of government processes and insights into how science, and the scientific community, can inform government policy.


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