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Apply To Join The 2020 Scientist Sentinels: Civic Engagement & Leadership Program

COMPASS is excited to announce that applications are open for the second cohort of the Scientist Sentinels: Civic Engagement and Leadership Program. This 9-month program is a unique opportunity for 15 scientists to reach new levels of effective civic engagement and leadership.


The 2018 Scientist Sentinels

If you are eager to elevate your abilities as a leader, think big and gain the skills needed to make your vision a reality, communicate across difference, build resilience to sustain your leadership for the long haul, and be a part of a thriving and supportive network of peers, we invite you to apply!


The inaugural program in 2018 brought together incredible science leaders from diverse career stages, backgrounds, fields of research, and locations to build a mutually supportive network of leaders eager to sharpen the skills and tools they needed to reach their communication and civic engagement goals. Meet the 2018 Sentinels here. They shared their time, their talents, and their stories, and together deepened their connection to their purpose. After the training, here was what one of the participants had to say:


“The connections made at the training are ones that will help change the world. It was a humbling experience to be with such astounding individuals with such passion, drive, and kind hearts.”


We are thrilled to grow this inspired group of leaders! To learn more about this year’s program, see here, and apply here. Call for applications will remain open until November 15, 2019. We will notify those selected by January 15.


A list of frequently asked questions is below, and any additional questions may be directed to opportunities@COMPASSscicomm.org.


How do I know if I’m eligible?

If you are a scientist whose work is at the nexus of environment and society, and you would like to take your communication and leadership skills to the next level, we encourage you to apply. Please review the other questions regarding eligibility below. If you are still unclear about whether or not to apply, please contact us at opportunities@COMPASSscicomm.org.


What stage in my career do I have to be in to apply?

We welcome scientists from all career stages—graduate students to emeritus. We have found that having a mix results in great conversations and mentorship, as everyone has something to learn and everyone has something to teach.


Does it matter where I live?

We are looking for scientists currently residing in the US; however, it is not a requirement to be a US citizen or permanent resident. Scientists who do research outside the US are also welcome to apply, as long as their civic engagement goals are focused on the US.


What happens over the 9 months, in addition to the 3.5-day in-person retreat?

The 9-month program will include peer-coaching sessions and webinars on specific topics, determined by the group’s needs and interests. We will also have some individual coaching available to help you achieve your goals. At a minimum, be prepared to commit about 4 hours/month for peer coaching and webinars, plus whatever time you dedicate to achieving your civic engagement goals.


What are the goals of the program in regards to civic engagement?

This program supports scientists with the tools, training, and network to make progress on their personal goals for civic engagement. COMPASS does not provide the civic engagement goals for the participants; they are self-identified. We will provide a solid grounding in understanding the policy landscape, how change happens, what roles you can play as a scientist, and how to build your network.

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