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National Academies' Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship

The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship is a 12-week program at the National Academies in Washington, DC, that engages early-career individuals in the processes that inform U.S. science and technology policy. Fellows are placed in different divisions around the National Academies—such as the Gulf Research Program—where they work with staff and participate in activities designed to help them prepare for a career in science and technology policy at the federal, state, or local level.

Since 2014, the Gulf Research Program has hosted one to two Mirzayan Fellows each year. Meet our Current and Past Mirzayan Fellows.

2020 Mirzayan Fellowship Session

Key Dates
June 17, 2019: Application opens (how to apply & online application)
September 6, 2019: Application deadline

Current graduate and professional school students and those who have completed their graduate studies within the last five years are eligible to apply. The Mirzayan Fellowship is open to all U.S. and non-U.S. citizens who meet the eligibility criteria. Areas of study may include social and behavioral sciences, health and medicine, physical or biological sciences, engineering, law, business, public administration, or relevant interdisciplinary fields.

When selecting a Mirzayan Fellow, we look for candidates who are forward-thinking and cross-disciplinary. We are particularly interested in candidates whose graduate work is relevant to the Gulf of Mexico and our program's initiatives.


For general questions about the Mirzayan Fellowship and the application process, email

For specific questions about working with the Gulf Research Program, email