Global Leadership Fellows Program

Thank you for showing interest in our Global Leadership Fellows Program. Please note that the program is temporarily suspended. We shall announce to all our partners and the global science communication community once we resume.

The Alliance for Science Global Leadership Fellows Program is a 12-week intensive training course held on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, NY, USA. It is designed to equip and empower emerging international leaders who are committed to advocating for science-based communications and access to scientific innovation in their home countries. The training focuses on strategic planning, grassroots organizing, and innovative communications with a strong focus on stories of science and effective communications around agricultural biotechnology. Throughout the course, Fellows work to build comprehensive strategic communications plans promoting access to scientific innovation in their local contexts while engaged in seminars and workshops led by international thought leaders and subject matter experts, weekly colloquia organized and led by Fellows, and field trips to New York State farms and state-of-the-art research facilities.

The Global Leadership Fellowship Program Around the Globe

Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso. Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Ethiopia, Germany, Guatemala, Ghana, Hawaii, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, México, Paraguay, Philippines, Nigeria, Singapore, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, United Kingdom, United States.

Upon completion of this certificate program, Fellows become members of an international professional network and cohort uniquely qualified to promote evidence-based decision-making around global issues such as food security, agricultural development, environmental sustainability, and climate change.

The Global Leadership Fellows Program is divided into two key components:

Core Curriculum

Fellows complete specialized course modules in strategic planning and grassroots organizing; personal storytelling and telling stories of science; communicating on biotechnology and emerging technologies; public speaking, media training, and messaging; driving law and policy; fundraising; and more.

Independent Projects & Training

Each Fellow pursues a customized, independent or group project in consultation with the program director. Fellows have access to the extensive resources of the Boyce Thompson Institute and Cornell University, including research centers, libraries, and media labs. Fellows also have the opportunity to gain valuable technical skills by taking Alliance-led workshops in digital technologies for multimedia storytelling.

We seek applicants who are connected to a professional network, have excellent leadership potential, and are passionate about scientific communication and access to scientific innovation as a means of ensuring food security and agricultural and environmental sustainability.

The 12-week Global Leadership Fellows Program typically runs from late August until mid-November. The course is conducted in English.

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