ASPET anticipates up to 10 Washington Fellows Program participants in 2018. Fellows serve one-year terms. Fellows will be selected by the ASPET Science Policy Committee.
All applications must contain the following information and be submitted by October 20, 2017, as a single combined PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- A letter (no more than two pages) from the applicant stating their interest in public policy and why they are interested in the ASPET Washington Fellows Program
- A Curriculum Vitae
- A letter of support from the candidate’s mentor and/or department chair supporting the application
Incomplete applications and/or applications received after October 20, 2017, will not be considered.
Questions? Email us at email@example.com.
“Thank you so much for teaching me an incredible amount of policy and advocacy work last week on Capitol Hill. Before this, I had minimal experience with advocacy but was always interested in getting involved. After all of our meetings on the hill, I felt truly inspired to get involved in advocacy as a component of my career and make this a significant part of my future. At first, I was a little nervous for our meetings on the hill. However, the encouragement and preparation provided me took all of that away, and left me with a real love for advocacy work. I am very excited to continue advocacy efforts on both the local and national level in the years ahead!”
- Raghav Tripathi, 2017 Washington Fellow
“I went into research in the neuroscience/pharmacology field to be able to make contributions to the understanding and treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders,” she said, “but as I progressed, I also became interested in raising awareness about the science policies at issue in my community as well as also reaching broader audiences of government officials and the general public."
– Rebecca Benham Vautour, PhD
“It is very important to have people who are expert researchers also know how to communicate with policymakers. In times of limited federal budgets, advocacy for research in Washington has never been more important.”
– 2016 Washington Fellow
“Not only were these meetings informative but they also made me realize how important a role we as scientists, particularly early career scientists, play in informing lawmakers about the importance of federally funded research and the subsequent consequences of cutting that investment.”
– Prasad Krishnan, PhD
“The ASPET Washington Fellows Program was a great experience. It was also a very interesting endeavor advocating for strong budget support for NIH funding since the inaugural class served just as sequestration was coming into effect. It was very satisfying to develop a brief presentation that provided the unique perspective of young investigators and students just starting to pursue a science education. We really tried to give the people meeting us new information that they could use to convince others of the importance of sustained biomedical funding.”
– Adam Kuszak,PhD
“The Washington Fellow Program was a positive experience in every way. I was able to explore a particular avenue of science advocacy, participate in the policy making process within ASPET leadership meetings, and I made many professional connections that opened the doors to many other opportunities. The ASPET Washington Fellows Program was instrumental in my career development.”
– 2015 Washington Fellow