Science Policy Fellowship​ - American Association for Cancer Research

CLOSING DATE: February 20, 2019


JOB #: 13542

POSTED: January 15, 2019



From funding research grants to minimizing the barriers to clinical trials, the decisions made in Washington, D.C., directly influence the rate of progress we make against cancer. Issues regarding health and science are becoming increasingly complex. Involving cancer researchers more actively in the policy-making process can help educate policy makers and the public about exciting developments in cancer research. The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Science Policy Fellow will make significant contributions to those efforts through a two-year fellowship under the purview of the AACR Office of Science Policy and Government Affairs.

Program Overview

Purpose: This fellowship is designed for early-career cancer research professionals who hold an advanced degree (PhD, MD, MD/PhD) and are interested in the development and implementation of cancer research-related policies on the national level. The fellow will gain experience drafting, analyzing, and implementing policy through time spent working within the U.S. Congress, the National Cancer Institute or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and in the AACR Office of Science Policy and Government Affairs in Washington, D.C.  In addition, there may be opportunities to work at the AACR headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Activities: Day-to-day activities will vary by rotation. The fellow will research and analyze policies and proposals on a range of issues of importance to the cancer research community and summarize the findings for different audiences. Other writing tasks could include: drafting policy position statements, preparing testimony, and writing articles for public consumption. The fellow will represent both the AACR and his or her rotation-specific office in a variety of settings, from one-on-one meetings to larger forums.

Duration: 24 months

Additional Details:



The AACR Science Policy Fellowship is open to early-career cancer research professionals with advanced degrees received within five years of application. Candidates must demonstrate an interest in the relationship between cancer research and policy, and display excellent written, oral, and interpersonal skills. Although U.S. citizenship is not required, candidates must be legally eligible to work in the U.S.; the AACR cannot sponsor visas. Applicants need not have degree "in hand" at time of application but must have completed their degree before the official start date of the fellowship.

How to Apply:

Application Materials: Interested candidates must provide ALL of the following on or before the application deadline (Feb. 20, 2019). Materials should be sent to with the subject line "(Applicant name) 2019 AACR Science Policy Fellowship."

  • AACR Science Policy Fellowship Application Form.
  • Curriculum Vitae: Use the CV to detail your education, professional accomplishments, publications, and any honors and awards. Please include all relevant policy experience here, as well. The NIH Biographical Sketch Format Page will not be accepted from the applicant.
  • Candidate Statement (1,000 words, using Candidate Statement template)
  • Policy Statement (500 words, using Policy Statement template)
  • Two letters of recommendation: These letters should speak to your professional/scientific competence and what makes you a good candidate for the AACR Science Policy Fellowship. At least one letter must be from an active AACR member familiar with your qualifications for this fellowship.

NOTE: When a template or form is provided for application materials, the template MUST be used.


  • Jan. 2, 2019: Application period opens
  • Feb. 20, 2019: All application materials must be submitted by midnight (Eastern time)
  • Late February 2019: Interviews (webcast or teleconference) for semifinalists
  • March 2019: In-person interviews for finalists
  • Early April 2019: Selection of the 2019-2021 AACR Science Policy Fellow announced
  • July 2019: Fellowship begins


Please direct all inquiries to:

Sarah K. Martin, MS, PhD
Associate Director, Regulatory Science and Policy
Office of Science Policy and Government Affairs
American Association for Cancer Research

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