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Science Policy Opportunities for Ecologists

ESA Graduate Student Policy Award

Offered each year, this award gives graduate students hands-on science policy experience including interacting with congressional decision-makers, federal agency officials, and others engaged in science and public policy. Learn more here.

ORISE Internships, Scholarships and Fellowships

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) offers a broad range of internships, scholarships, fellowships and research experiences at national laboratories and federal agencies. These programs are available to science students and educators at every academic level from K-12, to college students and postdocs, to university faculty members. Learn more here.

NSF Interdisciplinary Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT)

The program works to compliment a graduate student’s developing disciplinary expertise with a more diverse set of professional skills that transcends their traditional learning experience. Learn more here.

NOAA Sea Grant John A Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

The Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship is a one year fellowship that provides a unique educational and professional experience to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. Learn more here.

Presidential Management Fellows (PMF)

The PMF program is the flagship leadership development program for entry of advanced degree candidates in federal agencies. Fellows are appointed to a two-year position with full salary and benefits, and are receive extensive leadership training. Learn more here.

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships

Providing opportunities for scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about policymaking while contributing their knowledge and analytical skills in the federal policy realm. Learn more here.

Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship

The Mirzayan Fellowship provides early career individuals with the opportunity to spend 12 weeks at the National Academies of Science in Washington, DC learning about science and technology policy and the role that scientists and engineers play in advising the nation. Learn more here.


ESA Policy Resources

ESA Policy News Updates

The Policy News Updates are bi-monthly summaries of major environmental and science policy news. They are produced by the PublicAffairs Office of the Ecological Society of America. If you would like to receive the Policy Updates automatically, select this link.

Ecologist Goes To Washington Podcast

ESA’s series that features the stories and reflections of scientists who have engaged their local, state, or federal governments in addressing the broader implications of their research.

ESA Public Affairs Office

ESA’s Public Affairs Office manages the Society’s public policy and media initiatives. Working closely with its elected leadership, ESA facilitates opportunities for members to engage beyond the scientific community through media contacts, press releases, social media, briefings, and one-on-one meetings with policymakers. ESA provides media and policy training to members, in addition to bimonthly updates on national policy developments relevant to this ecological community.

ESA Policy Training

ESA policy staff occasionally offer training workshops designed to help ecological scientists engage more effectively with policy makers. Learn more here.

ESA Rapid Response Team

The ESA Rapid Response Team (RRT) is comprised of ecological scientists in a variety of fields, ranging from agroecology and invasive species to climate change and science education. These experts have committed to serve as resources for policymakers and the media. The RRT works with ESA staff to provide on-call ecological expertise. Learn more here.