Announcing the Public Interest Technology Community Innovation Fellowship!

An immersive learning program for engaging communities in science and technology policy, education and research

The Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology (ECAST) network—led by Arizona State University‘s Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes (CSPO), the Museum of Science, Boston, and SciStarter— and the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC), with support from New America’s Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN), have created a Public Interest Technology Community Innovation Fellowship (PITCIF) program for staff at eligible ASTC Science Center and Museum Members and their community partners.

This pilot fellowship will train the next generation of science-engagement professionals to collaborate with local civic, government, and university partners to engage the public on science and technology issues that matter to their local communities.

This is a hands-on immersive learning and development program. Fellows will learn about public interest technology (PIT), public engagement in science (PES), and participatory technology assessment (pTA).

Using this learning, fellows, with their community partners, will design and convene public forums and disseminate the outcomes to stakeholders in government, nonprofit, academia, and industry.


This fellowship is open to staff at eligible ASTC-member science and technology centers or museums who are interested in working with a government, nonprofit, or university partner and vise versa.

Interested staff at eligible ASTC-member institutions should apply for the PITCIF program with a community partner from a local PIT-UN university, civic organization, or government agency to signal their interest in working as a 2-person team to design, develop, and convene a public forum on a PIT topic of interest to the community.

Interested students at a PIT-UN University or staff at government or non-profit organization should contact an ASTC member science and technology centers or museums in their area.

Based on review of applications received, ASTC and ECAST will select five teams for this pilot fellowship cohort.

Join our Webinar to learn more
Webinar date: January 22, 2020 at 11:30am EST.

Learn more and apply here!
Applications are due by January 29, 2020 at 11:59pm PST.