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 has 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, training and information on the federal budget and appropriations process, 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 2017 Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award. The deadline to apply is 11:59 pm Eastern Time on 9 January 2017. View the application for the 2017 award.

Learn more about past EPPLA recipients

Read about the outcomes and benefits of the EPPLA program.

Graduate Student Policy Internship

The AIBS Public Policy Office, located in downtown Washington, DC, periodically offers unpaid science policy internships for current and recent graduate students in the biological sciences. This unique public policy training opportunity provides young scientists with valuable first-hand experience in public policy. Past interns have worked on science policy projects including planning a Capitol Hill science policy briefing, preparing science policy documents, conducting research on science and science education policy initiatives, and attending Congressional and executive branch meetings.

To apply for a paid or unpaid internship, please send the following information to

  • A cover letter that expresses your interest, availability, and how the internship will contribute to your education and career
  • Resume (two pages maximum)
  • Writing sample of up to 750 words that demonstrates your policy interests and analytical skills
  • Names and contact information for three professional references

Member Society Graduate Student Science Policy Fellowship

The AIBS Public Policy Office offers a unique opportunity for AIBS member societies and organizations to advance their public policy goals through the competitively selected AIBS Graduate Student Science Policy Fellowship. The program offers current graduate students pursuing a degree in the biological sciences the chance to spend three to six months in AIBS' Public Policy Office, located in downtown Washington, DC. During this period, the Fellow gains first-hand science policy experience while working on a science policy project that advances the goals of the sponsoring member society.

To learn more about this program, please contact Robert Gropp, Director of Public Policy, at or view our program flyer (775 KB PDF).

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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