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Idaho Science & Technology Policy Fellowship (ISTPF)

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Who We Are

The Idaho Science & Technology Policy Fellowship (ISTPF) is a nonpartisan program that connects science with policy by fostering a network of science, social science and engineering leaders who understand government and policymaking and are prepared to develop and implement solutions to address societal challenges.

The ISTPF provides opportunities for outstanding scientists, social scientists and engineers to learn firsthand about policymaking while using their knowledge and skills to address pressing challenges facing Idaho. Fellows support decision makers in Idaho, serving in yearlong assignments across state agencies. Fellows address challenges facing Idaho such as water, energy, fire, public health and economic development.

The fellowship program is similar to a program started nearly 50 years ago by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), which places scientists and engineers in fellowships to support Congress, executive branch agencies and the judiciary. The California Council on Science and Technology in partnership with the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Simons Foundation provided startup funding for the ISTPF. The Chan Zuckerberg InitiativeIdaho National Laboratory/Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) and individual contributions are supporting the first cohort of ISTP fellows. Idaho is one of 21 states developing a science policy fellowship program at the state government level.

An advisory board meets twice yearly to provide ongoing guidance on the ISTPF. The advisory board is chaired by Noel Bakhtian, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Advanced Energy Studies at Idaho National Laboratory.

Members of the board include:

  • Stephanie Bailey-White, State Librarian, Idaho Commission for Libraries
  • Celia Gould, Director, Idaho Department of Agriculture
  • Angela Hemingway, Ph.D., Director, Idaho STEM Action Center
  • Dave Jeppesen, Director, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
  • Jay Larsen, President and CEO, Idaho Technology Council
  • Dustin Miller, Director, Idaho Department of Lands
  • Dee Mooney, Executive Director, Micron Foundation
  • Megan Ronk, Director, Business Innovation and Development, Idaho Power
  • Gina Schatteman, Ph.D., Director, STEM for Idaho Consulting
  • Ed Schriever, Director, Idaho Department of Fish and Game
  • Andrew Scoggin, Board Chair, Idaho Business for Education
  • David Self, Chief Administrative Officer, St. Luke’s Health System
  • John Tippets, Director, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
  • Josh Wright, Executive Vice President, Emsi

Ex officio advisory board members:

  • Governor
  • Lieutenant governor
  • Speaker of the House
  • Senate Pro Tempore
  • House minority leader
  • Senate minority leader
  • Legislative Services Office director

What We Do

The ISTPF program provides Idaho scientists, social scientists and engineers the opportunity to learn firsthand about policymaking through a yearlong fellowship.

Graduate and professional students, postdoctoral fellows and assistant professors at the University of Idaho, Boise State University and Idaho State University will be invited to participate in various aspects of the fellowship. This engagement will cultivate opportunities for scientists, social scientists and engineers to learn about science policy and expand technical skills through professional development and networking opportunities in early career.

Become a Fellow

Stipends range approximately $60,000 to $100,000 per year, depending on number of years of professional experience.

Fellows whose stipends are administered by ISTPF receive a travel/professional training allowance of $3000. The funds may be used only for fellowship-related travel and for professional training. All travel and training must be pre-approved by the placement office and ISTPF.

The professional development program is an integral part of the fellowship experience and includes a one-week orientation and monthly workshops and trainings. The curriculum is designed around learning goals and objectives developed specifically for science and technology policy fellowship programs. The learning goals and objectives support each fellow’s development as a science policy leader and encompass four areas of learning: policy and the state government; leadership; communication and networking and career strategies.

Fellows are hired as University of Idaho employees and participate in the University of Idaho benefits program.

Are you Eligible?

  • You hold a doctoral level science or social science degree or a master’s in engineering and three years of work experience.
  • You have solid science/social science and/or technical credentials and three references.
  • You exhibit integrity, problem-solving flexibility and leadership qualities.
  • You are committed to serving society.
  • You have good verbal and written communication skills.

How to Apply

  • Check your eligibility
  • Start the online application early. The deadline is X.
  • Read the application thoroughly.
  • Ask for letter of recommendation soon.
  • Understand the ISTPF and customize your essays to it.

How are Applicants Evaluated?

Fellowships are highly competitive, involving a merit review and selection process. Members of the selection committee represent a board range of backgrounds including academia, private and non-profit sectors and ISTPF advisory board members. All applications are evaluated based on five criteria with points that total 100.

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Apply Here

McClure Center

Physical Address:
GAR Building

Mailing Address:
James A. & Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research
GAR Building
714 W. State Street
Boise, ID 83702