Introduction to Science Policy

Online nanocourse for Harvard STEM graduate students

The Introduction to Science Policy is a 4-day online nanocourse for Harvard STEM graduate students in December 2021.  Participants will engage with science policy experts in four 2-hour evening sessions divided in two weeks and designed to enhance professional skills needed for a variety of careers, including science policy. Students will benefit from a hands-on experience through daily activities and a capstone assignment to apply the concepts learned throughout the course.

Course content encompasses three pillars:

Foundations of Science Policy

  • Understand and identify core concepts at the intersection of science and policy.

Career exploration

  • Discover the vast ecosystem of potential science policy careers.

Professional Development

  • Gain practical skills relevant to all careers through a series of exercises concluding with a science policy pitch.



SCI Introduction to Science Policy Nanocourse


  • Monday, December 6, 2021 (2 hours)
  • Wednesday, December 8, 2021 (2 hours)
  • Monday, December 13, 2021 (2 hours)
  • Wednesday, December 15, 2021 (2 hours)

Exact times TBD




Harvard STEM graduate students interested in science policy.
Also open to postdocs.


No tuition