Advocacy Training Program

ATP delegates 2019

The ASBMB Advocacy Training program (ATP) is a six-month externship that provides hands-on science policy and advocacy training and experience. ATP delegates spend the first two months learning about science policy and advocacy and about how federal laws and budgets are passed. With support from ASBMB public affairs staff, delegates then develop advocacy activities focused on policies affecting their local communities.

Goal of the ATP

While federal policies affecting life scientists are a focus for the ASBMB public affairs team, evidence-based state and local policies are also key to creating a productive, diverse and sustainable scientific enterprise.

The ASBMB aims to develop and support sustainable hubs of regional science advocates throughout the U.S. where ATP delegates become regional links to the ASBMB, building networks and mobilizing local grassroots efforts for national ASBMB advocacy campaigns.

Members of the ATP will be able to help the ASBMB develop a better understanding of regional issues and direct the society’s attention to important regional policy debates.

What to expect as an ATP delegate 

You will devote about six hours a month to ATP coursework, discussions and activities.

Beginning with the training phase, you will attend five one-hour conference calls to learn about science policy. Assignments will be due before each call. You will read and watch videos according to the following schedule:  

  • Jan. 11 – What is advocacy?
  • Jan. 25 – The administrative branch, agency authorization and budget process
  • Feb. 8 – Local and state government
  • Feb. 22 – Constructing the advocacy message 
  • March 8 – Advocacy before, during and after

During the action phase, you will develop your elevator pitch, meet with your congressional representative’s regional staff during the Easter recess, and carry out at least three local advocacy events. The ATP meetings during this phase, listed below, will guide you through your advocacy activities.

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  • April 5 – Review Easter recess meetings
  • May 3 – Finalize advocacy calendar, carry out advocacy events
  • May 31 – Review advocacy events 
  • June 28 – Review advocacy events, evaluate program and celebrate program completion.

Important dates

  • Thursday, Nov. 1: Applications open
  • Sunday, Dec. 9: Applications close
  • Friday, Dec. 21: Selected delegates notified

If you have any questions, contact Daniel Pham at or André Porter at