Graduate and professional school students and those who have completed graduate studies (degree awarded) within the last five years may apply. Areas of study may include social/behavioral sciences, health and medicine, physical or biological sciences, engineering, law/business/public administration, or relevant interdisciplinary fields.
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Fellowship Eligibility:
Can undergraduates apply for the program?
No. The program is for graduate science and engineering students, postdoctoral students, and professional school students (e.g, MBA, JD, MS, MD).
Is the fellowship program open to non-US citizens?
Yes, the program is open to all US and non-US citizens who meet the eligibility criteria. Applicants may be U.S. citizens or U.S. lawful permanent residents or adjustment applicants. Other eligible applicants include those with valid F-1, J, asylee, or refugee status. Non-US citizens not currently enrolled in a U.S. university must be within 5 years of graduation and have OPT, work authorization, or their visa sponsor's written authorization valid throughout the program period as indicated below. The National Academies cannot sponsor a visa for this program. Copies of immigration documents must be submitted at the time of application.
- F-1 students may participate using curricular practical training (CPT) or optional practical training (OPT). The I-20 form must be signed by the Designated School Official (DSO) for CPT or OPT, indicating that the student has permission to come to Washington, DC, for the 12-week fellowship term and receive the grant/stipend. If using OPT, a copy of the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) is required by November 15th.
- J-1 students must provide a DS-2019 form showing authorization for academic training by the university's J-1 Responsible Officer (RO) by November 15th.
- J-1 research scholars must provide written authorization by their J-1 Responsible Officer for participation in the program by November 15th.
- J-2 dependents must provide a DS-2019 form and an EAD by November 15th.
- Adjustment applicants, refugees, and asylees must show evidence of work authorization by November 15th.
Am I eligible if I have temporary worker status (i.e., B-1, or H-1B, TN, O-1, L-1)?
The National Academies Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program is a fellowship award, not employment by the National Academies. For that reason, participants may not hold B-1, or H-1B, TN, O-1, L-1 or other similar employment-related visas.
Do I have to live in the United States to be considered?
No, candidates do not need to be current residents of the United States to apply, but they must be US citizens or meet the appropriate visa requirements.
Would a graduating senior who will be entering a graduate program qualify for this program?
No, you must be attending a graduate or professional school or have recently graduated from a graduate or professional school.
Can I apply if I'm just past the point of being a postdoctoral fellow?
Yes. If you completed your graduate studies (degree awarded) within the last 5 years, you are eligible to apply.
Are the social sciences included as a "science"?
Can law and business students in professional programs apply?
Yes. Given the importance of science and technology today, students in professional schools undoubtedly benefit from exposure to science and technology policy issues.