AIBS Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award offers science graduate students a first step into policy leadership

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) is now accepting applications for the 2024 Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award, which offers science graduate students experience and training in bringing their scientific expertise to policymakers. This award recognizes graduate students in the biological sciences who are demonstrating an interest and aptitude for working at the intersection of science and policy.

Recipients of the AIBS Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award receive:

  • A trip to Washington, DC, to participate in the AIBS Congressional Visits Day, tentatively scheduled for April 15-17. The event brings scientists to meet with lawmakers and advocate for federal investment in the biological sciences, with a primary focus on the National Science Foundation. Domestic travel and hotel expenses are paid for the award recipients.
  • Policy and communications training, including information on the legislative process, trends in federal science funding, and how to engage with policymakers and the news media.
  • Meetings with congressional policymakers to discuss the importance of federal investment in the biological sciences.
  • A one-year online subscription to the journal BioScience.

The 2024 award is open to U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents enrolled in a graduate degree program in the biological sciences, science education, or a closely allied field. Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in and commitment to science policy and/or science education policy. Prior recipients are not eligible for the award.

Applications are due by 05:00 PM Eastern Time on January 17, 2024. To learn more visit: