Aspen Tech Policy Hub Fellowship
A full-time program that takes tech experts and teaches them the policy process through an in-residence fellowship in the Bay Area
Update: We announced on February 19 the Savilla Pitt Memorial Fellowship, which awards one member of each incoming Hub cohort an expenses-paid trip to visit DC and continue their work. As a result of this new opportunity, we have extended our application deadline to March 1.
The Aspen Tech Policy Hub Fellowship is a 10-week, full-time, paid, in-residence program in the Bay Area that teaches technology experts the policy process. The program is ideal for technologists interested in building better tech policy, whether that be within government or more broadly as an external advocate or from within the tech industry. It is particularly well-suited to applicants who have existing tech policy ideas they wish to refine and press forward. Admitted applicants receive an $18,000 stipend to enable their participation. While the Hub fellowship is normally full-time and in-person, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, any Fellowship program we hold is likely to be a mix of in-person and online programming until a vaccine is widely available.
We have run two cohorts of the Aspen Tech Policy Hub fellowship thus far, one in 2019 and one in 2020. We expect to run a third cohort of the Aspen Tech Policy Hub fellowship in mid-2021.
Our Fellowship program consists of two blocks: (1) a policy bootcamp that teaches fellows the basics of policymaking within the government or within government; and (2) a final project where fellows are required to create at least one practical policy output—for instance, mock legislation, toolkits for policymakers, white papers, op-eds, or an app.
Programming to support the development of policy outputs during the fellowship will include:
- An orientation introducing fellows to the fellowship, to the other fellows, and to the policymaking process;
- Regular classes exploring what policy is, how to identify problems, defining alternatives, developing relevant outputs, and communicating to stakeholders;
- Action-oriented practical exercises, such as ‘how to write a policy memo’ or ‘how to give an elevator pitch’, founded on real world problems provided by our partners;
- Mandatory morning pitch meetings for sharing ideas in progress;
- Partnerships with experienced policy mentors who can help provide project guidance;
- Practical resources, including designers, copy editors, legal experts, and communications specialists to facilitate projects; and
- Evening dinners with top corporate and government policy experts, sharing off the record experiences about how things get done.
To ‘exit’ the program at the conclusion of the fellowship, Hub fellows share their outputs during a meeting with a relevant stakeholder, which could be a federal or state government employee, company employee, standards body, or other stakeholders relevant to the issue.
Our fellows represent a diverse set of technologists across industry, government, and nonprofits.
We are currently accepting applications for 2021 Aspen Tech Policy Hub fellowship, and other Hub programs.
Applicants to the Hub Fellowship are also automatically considered for the The Savilla Pitt Memorial Fellowship, awarded to one member of each incoming Aspen Tech Policy Hub cohort. Please see here to learn more about the Memorial Fellowship.