FASEB Howard Garrison Public Affairs Fellowship – Applications due Dec. 1

Attention Graduate Students, Postdocs and Young Investigators! Applications for this fellowship are due December 1.

Those interested are also encouraged to read Ms. Walker Goes to Washington, a blog by 2019 Howard Garrison Public Affairs Fellow Lauren Walker.

Purpose: The goal of the FASEB Howard Garrison Public Affairs Fellowship is to encourage the participation and training of trainees and young investigators in the FASEB annual Capitol Hill Day. The Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention supports one Fellowship each year, providing travel funding for a graduate student, postdoctoral scholar, or young investigator to attend and participate in the FASEB Capitol Hill Day. Fellowship recipients will be able to participate in all Capitol Hill Day activities including the welcome dinner and breakfast training sessions and meeting with congressional offices. Fellowship recipients are expected to write a post about their experience for the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention website and are invited to serve as an ad hoc member of the Society’s Public Affairs Committee.

Eligibility: Fellowship nominees will be a current member of the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention and have an active interest in science policy/advocacy, science communication, and/or STEM community outreach as demonstrated by participation in activities at their home institutions, local communities, or scientific societies. 

At the time of the fellowship application submission, recipients must be currently a: graduate student, a postdoctoral scholar, or within ten years of the date they concluded their last formal training in a biological, medical, or related field. Current, full-time government employees are not eligible to apply. Individuals working as part of a government-sponsored facility (e.g., academic collaborations, federal fellowship recipients) should confirm with their agency/institution for participatory approval prior to applying.

Submission: Submission files should include the following documents: (1) cover letter with personal statement describing how participating in the FASEB Capitol Hill Day fits into the applicant’s overall training and career goals; (2) letter of reference from an individual who is familiar with the candidate's research career; (3) curriculum vitae.

Judging Criteria: The Fellowship recipient will be selected by the BDRP Public Affairs Committee based on the criteria described under “Eligibility.” Current career status and effect on career development should be taken under consideration in the judging process (i.e. graduate student vs. postdoctoral fellow vs. young investigator).

Award Deadline: Applicants should submit all required materials to BDRP Headquarters no later than December 1.

Contact Individual(s): The current year chair of the Public Affairs Committee will serve as the primary point of contact. Applications should be emailed to BDRP@birthdefectsresearch.org with "FASEB Howard Garrison Public Affairs Fellowship Application" noted in the Subject Line of the cover email.

Disbursement and Notification Process: The Chair of the Public Affairs Committee will ensure that the recipients are notified in early January to accommodate travel arrangements. Recipients will be reimbursed by BDRP for expenses (e.g., airfare, lodging, meals, ground transportation, and other incidentals) associated with travel to Capitol Hill Day in accordance with the BDRP Expense Reimbursement Policy.

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