The AFS Emerging Leaders Mentorship Award Program was established to develop future leaders of the Society, and the fisheries profession as a whole, by providing selected candidates an opportunity to participate for one year in activities of the AFS Governing Board. Candidates must be full AFS members in good standing who submit complete application packages. Awardees will be paired with a mentor who is a member of the Governing Board and will be awarded up to $500 to offset costs associated with attending the governance meetings, held in conjunction with the annual AFS Meeting.
Submit Your Application
Applications should be submitted electronically using the form below. Materials should include a cover letter to address award criteria and any additional supporting materials as needed. Applicants are strongly encouraged to focus on their professional service experience, including involvement with AFS, and interest in developing leadership skills. The ELMA Program is not a scholarship or a research award program, so please do not include extensive information about your research interests, graduate work, etc.
Nominations are due April 1, 2019.
The nomination period for this award has closed.
Past Award Recipients
2014 Steve Midway, Cari-Ann Hayer, Patrick Cooney, and Justin Davis
2015 Alix Blake, Karen M. Dunmall, Jeffrey Jolley and Gretchen J. A. Hansen
2016 Michael Moore, Dan Nelson, Patrick Shirey, and Sara Turner
2017 Sara Turner, Dan Dauwalter, Patrick O’Rouke and Hilary Meyer
2018 Nathaniel Lederman, Cheyenne Owen, Abigail Lynch and Daniel Weaver