AIBS offers several public policy training opportunities for current and recent graduate students in the biological sciences.

Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award

As part of its focus on engaging scientists in the public policy process, AIBS established the Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award. The award recognizes graduate students in the biological sciences and science education who have demonstrated initiative and leadership in science policy. EPPLA recipients receive first-hand experience at the interface of science and public policy.

The winners will receive an expense paid trip to Washington, DC to participate in meetings with their congressional delegation, communications and policy training, a one-year AIBS membership, a complimentary one-year subscription to BioScience, and a copy of Communicating Science: A Primer for Working with the Media.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award. The deadline to apply is 05:00 pm Eastern Time on January 14, 2019. View the application for the 2019 award.

Congratulations to Joanna Bairzin and Karena Nguyen, the 2018 winners. Learn more about the award winners.

Learn more about past EPPLA recipients

Read about the outcomes and benefits of the EPPLA program.

Congressional Science Fellows

AIBS has in the past sponsored Congressional Science Fellows through the AAAS fellowship program ( This AIBS program is currently on hiatus and may be reactivated at a later time.

Learn more about past AIBS Congressional Fellows

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