Call for Applications for 2015 Graduate Student Policy Award

Applications due Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) invites applications for its
2015 Graduate Student Policy Award (GSPA).  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.

The GSPA is given to up to three applicants. Winners participate in the
annual Congressional Visits Day, a two-day event that will be held May
13-14, 2015.  ESA covers travel and lodging expenses associated with
this event for GSPA recipients.  Awardees also receive a copy of ESA’s
policy guide and the opportunity to be interviewed for ESA’s podcast,
The Ecologist Goes to Washington and the ESA blog, EcoTone.

ESA is co-organizer of Congressional Visits Day, sponsored by the
Biological Ecological Sciences Coalition to promote federal investment
in the biological sciences, particularly through the National Science
Foundation.  Participants receive communications training and learn
about the federal budget and appropriations process and the political
landscape.  During the second day of the event, participants meet with
congressional decision makers to discuss federal support of research and
education in the biological sciences.


Applicants must be ESA members and United States citizens residing in
the country.  Past GSPA recipients are not eligible.

To Apply:

Send to by close of business, Wednesday, January 14, 2015:

A cover letter outlining your interest in science policy and relevant

A one-page statement that reflects your insights and perspective on the
importance of federal support of science and ecology in particular.
Extra credit for examples of ecological success stories (i.e. where
investment of federal dollars had a tangible return, particularly for
your home state).

A one-page resume

Applicants will be notified of decisions by late-January 2015.  Please
direct questions to

To hear the insights from this past year’s ESA GSPA winners, please
visit this link: