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How to Apply to be a Fellow in the Emerging Leaders Initiative


Eligible applicants must: 1) be citizens of the United States, United Kingdom, or Canada; 2) be currently enrolled in or have graduated from a masters or doctoral program in the past 3 years or have at least 1 year of professional experience in national security, public health, medicine, biotechnology, or a related field; and 3) submit a complete application.

There is a 4-step online application process:

  1. Submit a statement, not to exceed 500 words, in which you describe your interest in exploring a career in biosecurity.

  2. Submit an essay, not to exceed 1,000 words, that describes a current technical or policy issue in biosecurity that you are interested in investigating, and explain why it’s important.

  3. Submit a current resume or CV.

  4. Provide 2 nominating letters on your behalf from academic advisors and/or professional supervisors. Also provide contact information for these references.

Selection Criteria

Fellows will be selected based on the quality of their statement and essay, academic and/or professional accomplishments, and nominating letters. The Fellowship seeks a class composition that represents geographic, technical, and experiential diversity, so these factors are also considered.

The application period is currently closed. Please contact Alison Pack ( to be added to our prospective applicant list.