Apply for Fellowships

Eligibility: Fellows must hold a terminal degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) in science, technology, engineering, math, medicine, or related discipline (e.g., STEMM education). Candidates who do not have a terminal degree (e.g., M.S. in Economics) will be considered on a case by case basis . Degrees must be conferred by September 1, 2020 at the start of the fellowship year, but are not required at the time of application.

Application Submission: Completed applications must be submitted via email to All application materials should be combined into one PDF file. Only completed applications will be considered.

In consideration to those who’s schedule has been impacted by COVID-19, we will accept applications through April 30, 2020, but we will begin reviewing applications at the end of March. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, so candidates are encouraged to submit as soon as possible in order to receive a timely decision.

Selection Criteria: The MOST Policy Fellows Advisory Board will serve as the Fellow Selection Committee. Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria.

  • Interest in policy practices and procedures at the state-level, particularly in Missouri
  • Capacity to provide nonpartisan, objective information to lawmakers, withholding personal biases
  • Professionalism and maturity
  • Initiative and ability to work independently on a variety of tasks
  • Excellence in written and oral communication, particularly in breaking down complex technical information for a general audience

Timeline: Finalists will be notified by mid-April 2020 and asked to complete in-person or virtual interviews. The 2020 MOST Policy Fellows class will be announced during the first week of June 2020 and will begin their positions on September 1, 2020.

Any questions can be directed to MOST Policy Initiative Director, Rachel Owen at or 573-507-0141.

MOST Policy Fellows are financially supported by the following organizations:

Fellows will be considered post-doctoral fellows employed by the University of Missouri. The University of Missouri does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, and any other status protected by applicable state or federal law.