Science Policy Fellows Program

Dr. Marianne Alleyne and Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), May 2015The Science Policy Fellows (SPF) program is a two-year active training program to teach entomologists the skills needed to successfully advocate for the discipline. The training focuses on federal policy in Washington D.C. Each year five applications are selected by during a competitive application process. ESA SPFs engage in a variety of virtual and in-person educational events to teach them about how science policy and science funding decisions are made at the federal level, and to provide them an opportunity to engage with lawmakers, legislative staff, and federal agency leaders in Washington, DC. Active training lasts for two years, at which time SPFs become alumni and form the core of ESA's advocacy team, representing the science in their legislative districts. Typical activities for an ESA Science Policy Fellow may include:

  • Attending science and policy workshops and networking events at ESA’s Annual Meeting (receive gratis registration and $500 travel stipend);
  • Participating in teleconferences and webinars on federal science policy and budget development, as well as specific policy issues;
  • Assisting in the development of policy statements;
  • Participating in Washington DC-based meetings and events for hands-on experience with legislators, legislative staff, and agency leaders (all travel expenses covered by ESA).

Learn more about past and current SPF cohorts:

  • Class of 2020 (To be selected in summer 2020; active service through Nov. 12, 2022)
  • Class of 2019 (Selected in 2019; active service through Oct. 30, 2021)
  • Class of 2018 (Selected in 2018; active service through Nov. 14, 2020)
  • Class of 2017 (Selected in 2017; active service through Nov. 16, 2019)
  • Class of 2016 (Selected in 2016; active service through Nov. 10, 2018)
  • Class of 2015 (Selected in 2015; active service through Nov. 4, 2017)
  • Class of 2014 (Selected in 2014; active service through Sept. 24, 2016)

Click here to learn more about the application process.