Applications and Nominations: AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors Program




Thank you for your interest in the AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors Program.  

Applications and Nominations for the Class of 2017-2018 Invention Ambassadors will open in Fall 2016!

The AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors Program is now accepting applications and nominations for Class 3 Ambassadors. The program strives to cultivate a new and diverse generation of inventors by showcasing the importance of inventors and invention education. Through their message, Ambassadors seek to increase global understanding of the role of invention in improving our quality of life, creating new products and building new businesses.

Invention Ambassadors should be "catalytic" mid-career inventors who have and demonstrate: (1) a high regard for the role of invention; (2) an invention track record; (3) an accomplished professional career; (4) a commitment to invention's role in impacting environmental sustainability; and (5) experience or interest in communicating with audiences through speaking engagements or written material.

Applicants may have inventions in any field; however scientific inventions are preferred.

There are no educational or patent requirements for applicants.

Ambassadorships are 12 months long (however opportunities will be provided to current and alumni ambassadors throughout the life of the program). Each Ambassador would be involved in:

  • A mandatory 3-day orientation
  • Advocacy opportunities and two or three strategically selected public engagement activities arranged with/by AAAS. Ambassadors' presentations will draw from the messaging created by AAAS with the Lemelson Foundation and outside experts, tying in each individual's personal stories of success.
  • An "end-of-the-program" symposium, to engage media, policy makers, and the public. The "transitioning" symposia will be held in a strategically chosen location to give Ambassadors the collective ability to inform policy makers, government, industry and non-profits and to help create a national conversation on the importance of invention.


The application process will be in two phases. 1) All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee. 2) If your application is chosen for the final round, you must be available for a second interview (remotely).

All are welcome to apply regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, age, abilities, gender, sexual orientation, and religion.

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