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About National Academies, The

The National Academies brings together committees of experts in all areas of scientific and technological endeavors. These experts serve pro bono to address critical national issues and give advice to the federal government and the public. The fellowship is named for former fellow Christine Mirzayan who, after completing her PhD in cell biology and neurobiology, died during the last week of her fellowship.

The fellowship is a full-time, on-site and hands-on educational program that allows participants to learn the skills necessary to become involved in science and technology public policy at all levels. Each fellow is assigned a mentor from the senior staff. The first week includes an orientation to introduce fellows to the National Academies and other D.C. organizations. Following this, the bulk of fellows’ time is spent on a specific research project and fellowship program activities.


Open to current grad students and postdocs or scholars who have completed graduate studies or postdoctoral research within the past five years. Non-U.S. citizens who meet the eligibility criteria may apply.

National Academies, The

The National Academies
National Academies, The
500 5th Street NW, Room 508
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 334-2455


Number of Interns: Varies
Compensation/Benefits: Paid, Stipend
Duration: N/A
Academic Level: Recent College Graduates, Graduate Students


Washington, DC