APS Early Career Advocacy Fellowship

Are you interested in advocacy on behalf of biomedical research?

Do you want to improve your outreach skills and learn more about science policy?

If so, please consider applying for the APS Early Career Advocacy Fellowship. This two-year program seeks to engage early career investigators in advocacy activities and provide them with skills to become long-term advocates for scientific research. In addition, experienced members of the APS Science Policy Committee (SPC) will mentor participants in developing their advocacy skills.

What do Advocacy Fellows do?

The APS Early Career Advocacy Fellows will:

  • Attend an orientation session at the 2015 Experimental Biology meeting to learn about the Society’s advocacy efforts and receive preliminary training for their Capitol Hill visits. (Note: If fellows are not able to attend this session, alternative preliminary training can be arranged.)
  • Receive regular emails on science policy issues from the APS.
  • Attend the SPC’s fall 2015 and 2016 meetings in Bethesda to participate in Capitol Hill visits with SPC members and APS staff.
  • Actively participate in at least one project with the SPC. Examples might include helping draft comments on behalf of the Society in response to proposed legislation or changes in agency policy or developing an advocacy resource for APS members. Fellows may also initiate a project in consultation with APS staff.

What does the Advocacy Fellowship provide?

  • Registration for the EB meeting will be provided in the first fellowship year (Please note that the fellowship does not cover any travel expenses related to EB).
  • Reimbursement of travel costs for two fall SPC meetings in Bethesda.

Who can apply?

Applicants must:

  • Be members in good standing of the American Physiological Society
  • Have received their doctoral degree within the previous ten years
  • Have excellent communication skills and an interest in advocacy
  • Attend EB 2015 in Boston, MA.
  • Live in the U.S. during the two-year award period.

How do I apply?

Applicants complete an online application form.

How will participants be selected?

Complete applications will be reviewed by the APS Science Policy Committee. Awardees will be selected based on their communications skills; letter of intent; ideas for incorporating advocacy into future professional activities; and letters of recommendation. If needed, the selection process may include a telephone interview with a member of the Science Policy Committee.

Deadlines:

Applications are due by November 20, 2014.

Application packet should include:

  • Four page bio sketch.
  • One-page letter of intent including:
    • Why you are applying for this program;
    • How you envision incorporating advocacy into your future professional activities; and
    • Any previous experience with advocacy activities.
  • Two letters of support. The letter writers should be familiar with your interest in advocacy and outreach and able to attest to your communication skills. Applicants in a mentored position (i.e. post-doctoral fellowship) should include a letter of support from department or division head.

Who can I talk to if I have questions?

For questions or additional information, please contact Rebecca Osthus in the APS Office of Science Policy (email: rosthus@the-aps.org, phone: 301-634-7254).


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