Science Policy Fellows

The HFES Science Policy Fellowship (SPF) program provides a valuable opportunity for HFES members to learn how to successfully advocate for human factors and ergonomics on the national stage. SPF Participants will receive extensive training in public affairs, advocacy and outreach to be provided by Lewis-Burke Associates and the HFES Government Relations Committee during the HFES Annual Meeting. They will also participate in an annual spring Capitol Hill Day in Washington, D.C., including a Hill visit training session and a policy-related speaker prior to the visit day. They will be invited to attend monthly conference calls with Lewis-Burke and the HFES Government Relations Committee covering ongoing events and opportunities for HFES to engage in policy decisions.

Following an initial 1-year term in the SPF program, each program graduate will commit to 2 years of service in an outreach capacity. They will create a customized plan that may include continued participation in the Capitol Hill day and interactions with policy makers in DC, working at the local/state level, serving on the GRC or a subcommittee, and other forms of outreach developed by each participant. HFES SPF participants and graduates will form the basis of a future brain trust with expertise in outreach creating a pipeline of politically engaged and knowledgeable members within HFES.

Successful applicants should be members of HFES (Associate or Full) for at least 5 years. Applicants are invited to provide a 1-page statement of interest, a current C.V. that includes the applicant’s name and both home and business addresses, and a letter of support from their employer to participate. Successful applicants must be eligible to vote in the United States. Applications materials should be sent to by May 15, 2020.

Criteria for selection include good communications skills and a balance across geographical location, institution type, demographics, and areas of expertise. Up to 5 SPF participants will be selected. Please direct any questions to Mica Endsley, Government Relations Chair, at