Australian Science Policy Fellowship Program

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The Australian Science Policy Fellowship program is an initiative of the Office of the Chief Scientist that aims to grow the diversity of expertise in the Australian Public Service (APS) workforce. It provides a pathway for early- to mid-career scientists to become skilled policy practitioners.

Fellows are employed as policy officers by participating Commonwealth Government host departments for 12 months.

They receive on-the-job training in, and exposure to, policymaking. Fellows are also supported by the Office of the Chief Scientist, have access to mentors, and are provided with unique opportunities.

The three-year pilot program was launched in July 2018, and has since placed 31 Science Policy Fellows across 10 Commonwealth Government departments. The vast majority of fellows have subsequently moved into positions within the APS since completing the fellowship.

Participants in the third and final year intake of the pilot program began in their host departments in October 2020. Continuation beyond the pilot phase is being considered.

More information and resources are provided below, including profiles of the Science Policy Fellows who have been part of the pilot program.