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ASBMB Science Policy Fellowship Program

ASBMB's science policy fellowship offers recently graduated Ph.D.s exposure to a range of activities regarding science policy and congressional and government relations. Fellows work in the public affairs office of ASBMB’s headquarters, located just outside of Washington D.C. Applications are accepted in early spring. The fellow begins his/her tenure on July 1, and serves for 12-18 months.

The application period for the 2014-2015 ASBMB science policy fellowship is closed. The 2015-2016 application will open in early 2015. 

General overview and goals of the program  

Decisions made by Congress, regulatory agencies and local governments have profound effects on the conduct of science. Likewise, science provides many benefits to society, including innovation, treatments for public health threats and jobs conducting research and supporting laboratories. Scientists play a crucial role in educating the public about the benefits of science while advocating for policies that will facilitate the discoveries of the future.

The primary goal of the fellowship program is to offer young scientists exposure to work at the intersection of science communications, policy and social science. The fellow will work closely with the ASBMB Director of Public Affairs, Benjamin Corb, and participate in a range of science-policy research, communications and advocacy activities. He/she will spend time on Capitol Hill attending meetings and hearings, agency briefings, seminars and coalition sessions. He/she will participate in activities of the ASBMB Public Affairs Advisory Committee. Outside of the general responsibilities discussed below, the fellow will have significant freedom to follow specific topics and issues that are of interest to him/her.

Responsibilities of the fellow

The fellow will gain skills and experience with a variety of issues and aspects of science policy. The general responsibilities for the fellow are:

  • Research and analysis  
    •  Track legislation and science-policy issues relevant to the society's membership.
    •  In consultation with the director of public affairs, respond to members’ requests for information or updates regarding science-policy issues.
    •  Support ASBMB's Public Affairs Advisory Committee by performing policy analysis, participating in meetings and organizing conference calls.
    •  Attend Congressional hearings, briefings and other science-policy events of interest to the biomedical community.
    •  Conduct an independent science policy project under the guidance of the director of public affairs and the PAAC.
  • Advocacy 
    •  Working with the director of public affairs, organize biannual Hill Day events for society members.
    •  Prepare background materials for, arrange and staff society members’ meetings with Congressional representatives and staff.
    •  Represent ASBMB and the biomedical community in regular meetings and conference calls with members of Congress, other representatives of the federal government and advocacy coalitions.
  • Communications
    •  Update PAAC members weekly on developing science policy issues.
    •  Author regular postings for the society's science-policy blog, the ASBMB Policy Blotter.
    •  Write regular articles on relevant science-policy issues for the society's member magazine, ASBMB Today.
    •  Write and distribute a monthly public affairs e-newsletter.
    •  Attend in-person meetings of the society's governing council.
    •  Assist in maintaining the public affairs website.


The society will sponsor one fellow to work in the ASBMB Office of Public Affairs. The fellow will receive a competitive stipend and healthcare benefits. Funds are also available for fellowship-related travel and professional development.

Current Fellow

Erica Siebrasse (2014-2015)

Former Fellows

Shaila Kotadia (2013-2014)   

Chris Pickett (2012-2013)

Julie McClure (2011-2012)

Geoff Hunt (2010-2011)

Kyle Brown (2009-2010)

Allen Dodson (2008-2009)

Angela Hvitved (2007-2008)


The fellow will be selected on a competitive basis from applicants having:

  • A recently awarded doctorate (i.e applicant is not beyond postdoctoral stage and must have received doctorate degree within three years of application) and U.S. permanent citizenship.
  • A demonstrated interest in the relationship between science and public policy.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Superior organizational skills and the ability to handle a variety of tasks.

How to apply

Those interested in applying should submit the following:

  1. A resume or CV (no more than three pages).
  2. A letter of intent (no more than three pages) outlining:
    1. Why you are applying for this particular program.
    2. What specific policy issues interest you.
    3. What you hope to accomplish as a fellow.
    4. How this experience would enhance your career.
    5. Your previous participation in civic activities and/or public affairs.
  3. Two letters of reference (sent directly to ASBMB at the address below). Please include reference contact information with your application.

All application materials must be sent electronically (.pdf, .doc, .docx) to:

Benjamin Corb

ASBMB Director of Public Affairs 


For questions or additional information, e-mail, call 240-283-6625 or fax 301-881-2080.


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