We are currently accepting applications for our next cohort of Community Science Fellows and Community Leaders.

January 2021

Now accepting applications. Deadline: 6 November 2020

The American Meteorological Society (AMS), Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC), and AGU Thriving Earth Exchange are partnering to launch a series of community science projects that will leverage and enhance the connectivity of our networks for local impact with communities. These projects will use science to advance community priorities and contribute to a growing movement toward engaged, community-driven science. (More about who’s involved here.)

 

 

Call for Community Project Applications

Communities and community groups of all kinds* are invited to partner with AMS, ASTC, and AGU Thriving Earth Exchange to design and launch a project that unites community and science to advance community priorities. We are currently accepting applications from community leaders in the U.S. to join this cross-society community science initiative that will create science-community partnerships in eight communities across the United States. Individuals representing communities that have been historically marginalized and/or underserved are especially encouraged to apply. Communities selected for this cohort will work collaboratively with a Community Science Fellow and AMS/ASTC/AGU scientists. 

We are accepting community applications for projects that inform and tackle local priorities relating to water, climate, weather, health, resilience, and sustainability. Examples of past projects include Assessing Flood Risks for Community-Led Action in Gulfport, Mississippi, Updating a Climate Vulnerability Assessment in Santa Cruz, California, and Monitoring Plastic Pollution in Staunton, Virginia, among many others! If your project idea doesn’t fit one of the categories above, don’t let that stop you from applying! We’ll follow up to discuss the best way to get started.

 

This program is free of charge for communities and projects do not come with funding. We design projects that can have an impact on the community priority with creativity, in-kind support, and resources at hand. Projects are supported by specially trained staff and Community Science Fellows, and typically conclude within 6-12 months.  

Getting started is simple, and the first step is to apply online. Share your priority with us, and we will follow up with you to have a conversation. Ideas do not need to be fully developed to apply. 

 

What Else Should I Know?

Communities who start projects receive: 

  • project management and coordination from a dedicated Community Science Fellow trained by AMS, ASTC, and AGU Thriving Earth Exchange  
  • partnership with a volunteer scientist vetted by the Community Science Fellow  
  • access and connection to the growing network of communities, scientists, volunteers, and organizations dedicated to the advancement of community science.

We will review fellow and community applications on a rolling basis. Projects will begin in January 2020, but timelines are subject to change due to COVID-19. Projects launched in this cohort will conclude within 6-12 months. 

 

Note: Prior to engaging in this cohort, all communities are asked to read and acknowledge the following documents which describe the principles and ethics behind these collaborations. Should you have any questions regarding these documents or their contents, please don’t hesitate to contact [email protected]

 

*Our definition of community is wide and may include municipal governments, community-based organizations, faith-based groups, indigenous groups, grassroots collectives, etc. 

 

Deadline: Friday, November 6 at 11:59pm Eastern