American Society For Nutrition

ASN Science Policy Fellowship

ASN Science Policy Fellowship

Excellence in Nutrition Research and Practice

ASN Science Policy Fellowship

Access the ASN Science Policy Fellowship application form here.

All applications are due by Friday, December 2, 2016.

ASN is pleased to offer two (2) one-year Fellowships to advanced graduate students, early professionals, postdoctoral trainees, or medical interns, residents, or fellows. The intent of the Science Policy Fellowship is to allow for an expanded understanding of current nutrition policy issues and initiatives. The Science Policy Fellowship provides recipients with the opportunity to gain an enhanced perspective on public policy issues related to nutrition and facilitates the acquisition of skills and tools necessary to become well-informed advocates for nutrition research and policy.

Science Policy Fellows are required to travel to Washington, DC, once during their Fellowship year to participate in Capitol Hill visits with their state Senators and Representative and to interact with federal agency personnel.  In addition, all Science Policy Fellows are required to attend an orientation session to receive training and preparation for the Capitol Hill visits. Science Policy Fellows will serve as ex officio members of ASN's Public Policy Committee (PPC) during their one-year Fellowship and are expected to actively participate in all PPC meetings scheduled throughout the year, including conference calls and the in-person meeting held during the ASN Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting. Science Policy Fellows are based at their home institution.

Science Policy Fellows must contribute to various policy-related projects originating from ASN staff, the PPC, or their mentor throughout the year, such as article/ newsletter writing, preparation of comments on pending regulations/ guidance, preparation of educational materials for Capitol Hill visits or other advocacy activities, seminar presentations, and/or updates on their activities to the PPC. Upon completion of their Fellowship year, Science Policy Fellows must prepare a report about their experiences, including knowledge gained during the fellowship, how the experience will guide their career development, strengths of the Fellowship, and suggestions for improving the Fellowship.


Each Science Policy Fellow will be paired with an ASN member with public policy experience to   serve as a mentor during the one-year Fellowship. ASN staff will match available mentors with Science Policy Fellows in a one-to-one match determined by such elements as geographic location and nutrition science/ public policy focus.

Mentors will help foster the mentees' nutrition policy research and career via telephone, email, and/ or online meeting communications at least once a month for the duration of the Fellowship period.  Mentors review any nutrition policy-related projects completed by the mentee and projects may originate from the mentor with ASN staff approval. In-person meetings are encouraged, if feasible, and each mentee/ mentor pair should strive to meet in person during the ASN Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting, if at all possible.

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Read the 2016 Science Policy Fellows' Hill Day summary!