Advocacy Training Program

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is excited to recruit the second cohort for the Advocacy Training Program. We will select 10 ASBMB members to start in January 2019. Apply today!

What is the ASBMB AdvocacyTraining Program?

The ASBMB 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.

ATP delegates 2018

Goal of the ATP

The ASBMB aims to develop and support sustainable hubs of regional science advocates throughout the U.S. Delegates become regional links to the ASBMB, building networks and mobilizing local grassroots efforts for national ASBMB advocacy campaigns. Background The ASBMB public affairs team focuses on federal policies affecting life scientists. However, evidence-based state and local policies are also key to creating a productive, diverse, and sustainable scientific enterprise. Members of the ATP will give the ASBMB a better understanding of regional issues and direct the society’s attention to important regional policy debates.

What to expect as a2019 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.
    • 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.
  • Be present for all teleconferences listed above at 1 p.m. ET.

ATP Byrd 2018 testimonial

Other 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
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