The Grace Ostenso estate has gifted $208,208 to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation to fund two Grace L. Ostenso Nutrition and Public Policy Fellows. These fellowships are a joint opportunity between our Foundation, the Academy and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and provide the opportunity to spend one year working as special assistants in legislative areas that would benefit from scientific and engineering input, serving on the staffs of Members of Congress or congressional committees. The program leverages AAAS’s 35+ years of experience in public policy fellowships, but also enables the Academy and Foundation to interact with these other societies, sharing and supporting each other on issues of common concern.

The Congressional Fellowships are designed to provide a unique public policy learning experience, to demonstrate the value of science-government interaction, and to make practical contributions to the more effective use of scientific and technical knowledge in government. The overarching goals are to increase the capacity of scientists to inform the discussions and decisions of individuals and institutions that influence or determine policies and to provide scientific expertise and analysis to support decision-makers confronting increasingly complex scientific and technological issues. This award is intended to encourage and support the development of public policy expertise within Academy membership by enabling individuals interested in this area to gain experience through direct participation in the public policy process at the federal level.

Dr. Grace Laudon Ostenso’s career included a broad range of science, technology, and public policy positions. More on her illustrious can be found in the July 2020 Journal of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.