Opportunity for early career researchers to develop advocacy skills

By | October 6, 2016

Applications are now being accepted for the American Physiological Society’s Early Career Advocacy Fellowship, a two-year program that engages early career investigators in advocacy activities while they continue in their current careers. Fellows receive regular emails on science policy issues from APS, participate in Capitol Hill visits, and actively participate in at least one project with the APS Science Policy Committee (SPC).

The program kicks off with an orientation session at the 2017 Experimental Biology (EB) meeting to learn about APS’s advocacy efforts and receive preliminary training for the Capitol Hill visits. Experienced members of the APS SPC will mentor participants in developing their advocacy skills, work with them on their selected projects, and accompany them on their Capitol Hill visits.

Possible fellowship projects include helping draft comments on behalf of APS 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.

The advocacy fellowship provides registration for the EB meeting and reimbursement of travel costs for two trips to Washington, DC to go on Capitol Hill visits (but does not cover any travel expenses related to EB).

Applicants must be members in good standing of the American Physiological Society and have received their doctoral degree within the previous ten years. Successful applicants will have excellent communication skills and an interest in advocacy. Fellows must reside in the U.S. during the two-year award period.

Applications are accepted online and the deadline for submission is November 4, 2016. 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).

Rebecca Osthus is Senior Science Policy Analyst at The American Physiological Society.