Emerging Leaders in Science & Society (ELISS, pronounced EE-liss) is a leadership development program for graduate students from all fields who are eager to collaborate across boundaries for the benefit of society. The program is hosted at AAAS and currently offered at four founding partner campuses: University of Pennsylvania, Purdue University, Stanford University, and University of Washington. For the class of 2016, we have invited four additional partner campuses that we will announce once they are finalized.


The ELISS mission is to prepare graduate students to collaborate across boundaries to tackle complex societal problems. The 15-month, extracurricular program enhances fellows’ ability to collaborate with a diverse team to understand complex societal problems, to plan and implement a team project, and to engage meaningfully in their communities. ELISS fellows develop these abilities by working in a multi-disciplinary, multi-campus team to develop information resources and events that help local and national stakeholders address complex issues in society. This year, fellows are focusing all of their efforts on one topic: epidemic preparedness in their home cities. Previous topics include: mental health, public spaces, and nutrition. Click here to learn about projects from the ELISS class of 2014.


ELISS graduates will utilize the knowledge, skills, and networks they develop in ELISS to design meaningful careers in many different sectors. They combine ideas, people, and action across disciplines, institutions, and regions to drive systemic, resilient change.

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