31 December 2019

Apply for AAS Congressional Visits Day 2020

Kelsie Krafton, American Astronomical Society (AAS)

Every year the AAS brings volunteers to Washington, DC, to advocate for federal support of their science with their members of Congress for a Congressional Visits Day (CVD). For information on eligibility requirements and how to apply, you can check out the main CVD page. The AAS will cover the majority of travel expenses for volunteers selected to participate, as our budget allows.

We aim to select approximately 15 volunteers who balance the program by location, career stage, and experience. We especially encourage graduate students and early-career professionals to volunteer. We generally ask that people who have done training and Congressional visits for astronomy advocacy before — through programs like AAS CVD, AAAS CASE, facility/collaboration programs, etc. — not volunteer for CVD, as we intend this program to increase the number of astronomers empowered to advocate for science.

Please use our CVD 2020 Sign-Up Form. You’ll need to sign in to the website using your AAS username and password to submit the form. The deadline for application to AAS CVD 2020 is 11:59 pm on Saturday, 25 January. Selected volunteers will be notified by mid-February 2020. This year the AAS CVD will be held Monday - Wednesday, 23 - 25 March 2020. One or two pre-visit webinars (one hour or less) will be scheduled in the weeks ahead of the visits.

Sign Up for AAS CVD 2020