Application Deadline: February 28, 2019
A limited number of California’s state legislators possess backgrounds in science, engineering, or technology. Despite this, they are asked to make critical decisions on a number of issues that require an understanding in these areas, such as our water supply, the state’s energy grid, and overall environmental policy.
To address the challenge this represents, each year the CCST Science Fellows program recruits a corps of ten PhD scientists and engineers. These Science Fellows spend one year in Sacramento, directly serving policymakers within the California State Legislature.
Working as legislative staff within the State Senate or State Assembly, these scientific minds get a front-row seat learning about the craft and process of lawmaking in the State of California. CCST Science Fellows work alongside with legislators to evaluate complex scientific issues, interpret data, while tackling the responsibilities of full-time legislative staffers.
These talented individuals gain valuable experience and training in public policy making. In turn, state lawmakers are given access to science-savvy staff members, helping them to craft fact-based policies.
The CCST Science Fellows program is a win-win for California. By embedding PhD scientists directly within the state legislature, we inform policy discussions with scientific perspectives and expertise.
February 28, 2019
Application period closes
Mid April, 2019
Notification sent to applicants for interviews
Late May/early June, 2019
Finalists’ Interviews held
November 1, 2019
Fellows’ training begins in Sacramento
Fellows assigned to host offices
October 31, 2020