ASA Fellowships and Grants

ASA Science Policy Fellowship

The ASA Science Policy Fellow works in Washington, DC as a member of the ASA science policy staff to elevate the profile of statistics in policymaking and advocating on behalf of the profession. The fellow is a one to two year position based at the ASA headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, but spends the bulk of her/his time in Washington, advocating for statistics and experiencing first-hand how federal science policy is formed. In partnership with the director of science policy, the ASA science policy fellow will be responsible for a wide range of activities, including the following:

  • Initiating and leading new advocacy topics for the ASA (preferably in collaboration with other societies)
  • Advocating specific statistics-related issues to Congress, the administration, and others
  • Exploring and implementing ways in which the ASA's science policy activities could be expanded to better meet its responsibilities (e.g., congressional briefings, webinars)
  • Maintaining relationships with key policy officials related to statistics (e.g., U.S. Census Bureau, Hill staff, OMB, OSTP, National Academies, etc.)
  • Generally supporting the dual responsibilities of ASA science policy work: raising the profile of statistics in policymaking and advocating on behalf of the statistics profession
  • Attending policy-related events (e.g., congressional hearings, coalition meetings, conferences, briefings, and colloquia)
  • Coordinating ASA participation in statistics and science and technology coalition events
  • Speaking publicly on behalf of the ASA, especially for colloquia
  • Contributing to communications to ASA members about science policy (e.g., Amstat News, Enews, social media)

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ASA/ACM/AMS/IMS/MAA/SIAM Science and Technology Policy Fellowship

The ASA/ACM/AMS/IMS/MAA/SIAM 2021-2022 Science and Technology Policy Fellowship focuses on data science and related expertise such as machine learning, data visualization, and causal inference to meet legislative and policymaking challenges. Fellows serve on the staff of a senator, representative, or congressional committee beginning September 2021. Learn about the executive and legislative processes and lend statistical and scientific expertise to public policy issues.

Individuals who are US citizens and have a PhD in statistics, data science, mathematics, or a closely related field are encouraged to apply. The ASA seeks candidates reflecting the diversity of our society. Applications are due by February 28, 2021, and require a candidate statement, biographical sketch, and three letters of reference.

This project is funded by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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ASA/AAAS Mass Media Fellowship

This 10-week summer program places science, engineering, and mathematics students at media organizations nationwide. Fellows use their academic training as they research, write, and report today’s headlines, sharpening their abilities to communicate complex scientific issues to the public.

ASA/NSF Federal Statistics Fellowship Program

The ASA/NSF/Federal Statistics Fellowship program is jointly supported by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The general objective of the program is to foster collaborative and interdisciplinary research efforts that will continue to stimulate the development and advancement of methodology and social science research relevant to issues on which federal statistical agencies seek to provide information. The program accomplishes this by bringing academic researchers to work with statisticians and social scientists in the following three federal agencies for up to one year:

ASA/NSF/BEA Fellowship Program
The American Statistical Association, in cooperation with the Bureau of Economic Analysis, created the ASA & BEA Research Fellowship Program designed to improve the collaboration between government and academic research. The program allows research fellows to come to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, one of the world's leading statistical agencies, to use BEA data and interact with agency staff.

ASA/NSF/Census Bureau Research Program
The ASA/NSF/Census Bureau Research Program helps bridge the gap between government and academic science by bringing researchers closer to the production of data sets relevant to their research. The program allows for senior statisticians, social scientists, computer scientists, geographers, and others to come to the U.S. Census Bureau as research fellows for 6–12 months to use bureau data sets and interact with bureau staff.

ASA/NSF/BLS Fellowship Program
The ASA/NSF/BLS Fellowship Program is designed to improve the collaboration between government and academic research. The program allows research fellows to come to the Bureau of Labor Statistics to use agency data and interact with agency staff.