Cornell Alliance for Science Global Leadership Fellows Program

UPDATE: Applications for the 2016 Fall Global Leadership Fellows Program will be available in March. Please Join the Alliance and you will receive updates about upcoming training opportunities. 

The Cornell Alliance for Science is a new communications initiative with the overarching mission of promoting access to scientific innovation as a means of enhancing food security, improving environmental sustainability and raising the quality of life globally. 

The Alliance for Science was funded in 2014 with a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and has global partners on six continents. 

The Alliance's core program, the Global Leadership Fellows Program, is a Cornell certificate program designed to equip and empower emerging leaders who will advance our shared mission by promoting evidence-based decision making and advancing science-based communications.

The 12-week program (late August through mid-November) on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, NY, USA, combines strategic modules, exposure to global thought leaders, independent projects, training on multimedia resources, weekly colloquia, and field trips. Upon completion of this program, Fellows will be members of an international cohort of forward-leaning communicators uniquely equipped to promote, evidence-based decision making around global issues such as food security, environmental sustainability, and agricultural growth.

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

Core Curriculum. Fellows will take a core group of specialized course modules whose curricula is developed specifically for the program and focuses on innovative communications tools and strategies. Modules will be led by core Alliance faculty as well as visiting faculty from around the world including prominent scientists and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists. The course will also include weekly colloquia organized and led by the Fellows.

Independent Projects & Training.  Each Fellow will pursue a customized, independent or group project in consultation with the Director of the Program and a Cornell faculty mentor.  Fellows will have access to the extensive resources at Cornell, including research centers, libraries, and media labs. Fellows will also have the opportunity to gain valuable technical skills by taking Alliance-led workshops in digital technologies, such as social media, web design and multimedia storytelling. 

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