Beyond Borders: The IAI STeP fellowship program in the Americas
An editorial about the IAI STeP Fellowship Program was recently published in the CSPC 2021 website as part of our panel discussion which was held on November 22 alongside ECCC and NSERC leaders. With a focus on national priorities, fellows are learning together about science diplomacy and transdisciplinary approaches while building networks across borders.
The IAI’s 40 STeP Fellows come from a diversity of geographic, cultural, and disciplinary backgrounds and origins. Amidst this richness, many of the stories and aspirations of the fellows are the same. They are eager to listen and learn from each other and apply their expertise to solve somewhat daunting problems together. The practical experience that they accrue through the program, coupled with new perspectives on inclusive and participatory science-diplomacy, is brought back to their home countries and host institutions, accompanying them as they embark on their careers, many destined to become agents of change and future science-policy leaders in the Americas.