Leshner Leadership Institute Fellowship Application

The AAAS Leshner Leadership Institute is an initiative of the AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology, started in 2015 in honor of CEO Emeritus Alan I. Leshner, who founded the Center.

Each year, a cohort of 15 AAAS Leshner Fellows from an area of research at the nexus of science and society will convene for a week of intensive public engagement and science communication training and public engagement plan development.

AAAS Leshner Fellows will return to their institutions with a renewed commitment to develop and implement public engagement activities, train and mentor other scientists in their communities, and promote public engagement within their institutions.

Artificial Intelligence is the topic for the 2020-2021 cohort of AAAS Leshner Fellows.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the attempt to have machines augment or mimic human abilities, learning from and adjusting to new situations and performing tasks such as responding to search requests, managing manufacturing processes, and assisting with the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. Artificial intelligence is already being applied in areas including marketing and communications, transportation, finance, toys and games, and national security. Incorporating AI into society raises questions in a number of areas, such as potential implications for the global workforce and the ways that changing access to news and information might influence our perceptions of the world around us. As research in AI continues, questions abound about how to responsibly develop the technology, address biases in programming and applications, and consider opportunities and risks along the pathway from development to deployment.

The 2020-2021 AAAS Leshner Leadership Institute for Public Engagement with Science will equip an interdisciplinary cohort of researchers to be high-impact public engagement leaders centered around the topic of artificial intelligence. AAAS Leshner Public Engagement Fellows will develop and implement their own public engagement activities, train and mentor other scientists in their communities, and promote public engagement within their institutions. Applicants may be scientists or engineers in academia, government, non-governmental organizations, or industry. They must be active researchers working on the development, implementation, or applications of AI, in disciplines including (but not limited to) data and computer sciences, engineering, technology ethics, cognitive sciences, sociology, economics, and education and workforce development.

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Partial applications can be edited by clicking “complete an unfinished application” and entering your email address. Once submitted applications can no longer be edited. Please remember that your completed application must be submitted by October 1, 2019 at 11:59pm ET.

This site is not yet open for submissions. Submissions will be accepted starting Monday, July 1, 2019.