Science Communication

Duke graduate and professional students, join a project as an emerging leader in science and society.


Emerging Leaders in Science & Society (ELISS)

ELISS is a leadership development program that prepares graduate and professional students to collaborate across boundaries for the benefit of society. Hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), ELISS promotes a culture of graduate student leadership at its partner campuses, which now includes Duke University. The Duke Initiative for Science & Society will act as the host office for ELISS at Duke. To learn more about ELISS, visit  the AAAS websiteClick here to watch the ELISS video. To stay up to date on ELISS activities at Duke, subscribe to the mailing list


ELISS fellows participate in a 15-month, extracurricular experience during which they collaborate with a diverse team to understand complex societal problems, to plan and implement a team project, and to engage meaningfully in the local community. Students volunteer about 5 hours/week and are provided with training, tools, and mentoring to support leadership development and project implementation. Click here to watch the 2016 Applicant Q & A Webinar.

Application Process

Applicants are encouraged to apply from all disciplines, including arts, sciences, humanities, engineering, and professional degree fields. To be eligible, a student must be enrolled in a graduate or professional program through the first term of 2017. The deadline to begin the application process has passed. Full applications are due July 19, 2015. Click here for the application FAQ’s.

Duke Contacts

Bonnie Schmittberger
Aaron Towers