Become a Fellow

Applications will open in mid-summer 2018 for the 2019 Fellowship year of the AAAS Community Engagement Fellows Program (dates to be confirmed). For a complete timeline see the About page.

Expectations for Fellows during the program

Support the Program’s mission to professionalize scientific community building

Spend the majority of their work time during the fellowship on community engagement activities

Champion a community engagement strategy in their organization

Support members of their organization in the use of community tools or platforms

Drive engagement in their organization's community(ies) by creating and managing content, data, and relationships

Participate in training events at AAAS, monthly webinars, and regular online discussions

Work collaboratively with the other Fellows to share knowledge and compare experiences

How to apply


If you are currently working as a scientific community manager and wish to participate in the program in that capacity, or if you are looking to become a community engagement manager within one of our host organizations, please apply via the application portal.

Before applying, please carefully review the eligibility criteria below as well as our definitions of community engagement and community manager. If you have any questions before applying, please contact:


Eligibility and selection criteria for community managers

  • Evidence of a history of successful community engagement activities either within a professional association or similar organization, or within a research collaboration context
  • An ongoing project or strategic plan for a new community-building project that will span the fellowship year
  • Their employer’s consent and supervisor’s support to participate fully in the Community Engagement Fellows Program – including attending all in-person meetings at the start, mid-term and end of the program, plus contributing to monthly webinars and other ongoing discussions with the cohort and AAAS staff (activities that may total up to 15% of their time during an average week)

Fellows will apply by submitting:

  • A CV or resume of no more than 2 pages
  • A Candidate Statement, of no more than two pages, that includes:         
    • Academic or professional background
    • Any specific experience or involvement with scientific collaboration or community-building
    • Reasons for interest in the Community Engagement Fellows Program
    • Two examples of community-building projects they've been involved with
  • Names and contact details of referees (one may be the current supervisor)     
  • An up-to-date job description

Upon being "long-listed" for the fellowship, applicants will be required to: 

  • Attend an online interview; and
  • Submit a Supervisor Statement, of up to two pages, that addresses the supervisors support of the candidate fully participating in the program (including in-person training and montly webinars) and explaining how the supervisor sees this fellowship benefiting the candidate and the organization.  

Online interviews with long-listed applicants will take place in Fall 2018.