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.

Congratulations to Stephanie Bora, the 2017 winner. Learn more about the award winner.

Learn more about past EPPLA recipients

Read about the outcomes and benefits of the EPPLA program.

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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