The Commonwealth of Virginia Engineering & Science Fellowship

The COVES Fellowship program aims to strengthen ties between the scientific community and state government in the Commonwealth of Virginia, while encouraging and equipping more scientists and engineers to be effective advisors for public policy in the state of Virginia.

As COVES Fellows, STEM graduate students and postdoc researchers from across the state will be:

  • Trained in science policy and science communication through a Fellowship Orientation and Bootcamp in Richmond, VA
  • Placed in legislative offices, executive agencies, or prominent companies and nonprofits in the state of Virginia for 3 months in Summer 2020
  • Paired with a mentor from VASEM and involved in VASEM briefings, committee meetings, and the annual summit throughout the Summer

Program Overview

The Commonwealth of Virginia Engineering and Science (COVES) Fellowship is a new 12-week fellowship program of the Virginia Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine (VASEM). Graduate student fellows will serve as science advisors in a variety of possible placements, including legislative offices, executive agencies, or prominent companies and nonprofits in the state of Virginia. Fellows will gain experience by serving their host office and performing relevant tasks such as researching, drafting, and revising relevant policies. Fellows will also be paired with a VASEM member who will serve as an experienced science policy mentor throughout the fellowship.

How the Fellowship Works

The COVES Fellowship is a 12-week program that places graduate student Fellows in a legislative office, executive agency, or policy office in a company or nonprofit in Virginia. COVES Fellows will be current graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from participating universities across the Commonwealth of Virginia, selected based on career interests, desire to learn, and scientific integrity. Fellows will be matched to offices who have agreed to accept a Fellow based on mutual interest and placement availability. During the first week of the Fellowship, Fellows will attend a science policy bootcamp and orientation that will offer training in science policy and communication and will provide an introduction to governance and policy-making in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In addition to their work in policy offices, COVES Fellows will be paired with a mentor from VASEM and will participate in VASEM briefings, committee meetings, and the annual summit. Inaugural fellows will serve from June through August 2020 and receive a summer stipend of $8,500.

Participating Universities

Participating Offices