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Phoebe S. Leboy Public Policy Fellowship

Posted by on Thursday, May 1, 2014 in Uncategorized .

The Phoebe S. Leboy Public Policy Fellowship was launched in the spring of 2010 in conjunction with the organization’s 40th Anniversary.  One Fellow is selected bi-annually to work in Washington, D.C., as a full-time team member of the AWIS National Office and presents an exceptional opportunity for hands-on advocacy experience. 

AWIS is the largest multi-disciplinary organization supporting women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and is committed to driving excellence in STEM by achieving equity and full participation of women in all disciplines and across all employment sectors. 

The Fellow reports to the Executive Director & CEO to advance the Association’s legislative agenda and policies on behalf women science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Some examples of duties and assignments for the Fellow include:

  • Tracking legislation and analyzing policy issues at the nexus of gender and science.
  • Working with key AWIS advocacy partners including scientific and engineering societies.
  • Representing AWIS at key coalition meetings and conferences.
  • Developing talking points, letters, and other advocacy documents.

A key goal for the fellowship is to educate AWIS members, chapters, and other key stakeholder groups about issues which impact women and STEM policies in order to encourage activism and leadership at the grassroots level. Potential projects that a Fellow may carry out to increase activism include the following:

  • Developing educational presentations, fact sheets and other communication tools.
  • Promoting timely grassroots political and legislative activism.
  • Helping the AWIS to develop and communicate its policy agenda.
  • Providing regular legislative updates to the AWIS leadership and members.

Preference will be given to applicants with a demonstrated interest in gender and/or science policy. Prior policy, legislative, or political experience is helpful. Additionally, there are a number of skills that will help the Fellow to maximize the benefit of her time in Washington, D.C.:

  • Writing and public speaking.
  • Computer literacy for research and presentations.
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills
  • Flexibility in schedule, as extended work hours, including some weekends, are sometimes required.

AWIS offers a competitive salary and benefits.  If you are interested in applying for the 2014-2016 Fellowship, please send your resume to Janet Bandows Koster, Executive Director & CEO, at

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