Emerging Leaders in Science and Society Program

Eligibility check deadlines:    May 10, 2015 (11:59 EST),  June 8, 2015 (11:59 EST), &  June 28, 2015 (11:59 EST).
First written application deadline:    July 19, 2015 (11:59 EST)

Emerging Leaders in Science & Society (ELISS) is a leadership development program for graduate students from all fields who are eager to collaborate across boundaries for the benefit of society. The program is hosted at AAAS and currently offered at four founding partner campuses: University of Pennsylvania, Purdue University, Stanford University, and University of Washington. For the class of 2016, we have invited four additional partner campuses that we will announce once they are finalized.

The ELISS mission is to prepare graduate students to collaborate across boundaries to tackle complex societal problems. The 15-month, extracurricular program enhances fellows’ ability to collaborate with a diverse team to understand complex societal problems, to plan and implement a team project, and to engage meaningfully in their communities. ELISS fellows develop these abilities by working in a multi-disciplinary, multi-campus team to develop information resources and events that help local and national stakeholders address complex issues in society. This year, fellows are focusing all of their efforts on one topic: epidemic preparedness in their home cities. Previous topics include: mental health, public spaces, and nutrition.

ELISS is an extracurricular, volunteer experience for graduate and professional students. Fellows collaborate with a multi-campus ELISS team to help local and national stakeholders better understand and address a complex issue in one of two theme areas: Energy & Environment or Health & Wellbeing.

Fellows will travel three times and volunteer approximately 5 hours per week to:

  • Engage stakeholders and experts in their community to better understand the causes of and potential solutions to a complex issue;
  • Interact with mentors to develop leadership skills and support ELISS project goals;
  • Organize community events and web resources that promote dialogue among stakeholders and share ideas across regions and institutions about an important issue impacting all communities;
  • Contribute to the development and improvement of ELISS as an organization.

ELISS anticipates providing funding for the following activities:

  • Multi-day orientation
  • Mid-year, in-person team planning meeting
  • Campus events and team projects
  • Virtual learning and planning sessions
  • Culminating briefing for national leaders
  • Professional development and seed grants

For more information about the ELISS program, see: http://www.aaas.org/page/eliss-overview

For details about the UW application process, see: https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/22916-Emerging-Leaders-In-Science-And-Society-Eliss