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 with current fellows participating at four founding partner campuses: University of Pennsylvania, Purdue University, Stanford University, and University of Washington. We are pleased to partner with the following campuses for the class of 2016: University of Washington, Purdue University, Duke University, University of California - Irvine, and University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.


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 running a multi-disciplinary, multi-campus Idea Lab project, which develops their own collaborative leadership skills while helping local and national stakeholders address a complex socio-technical issue. 


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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