Become a Young Ambassador

ASM Young Ambassadors are dynamic early-career leaders, who represent ASM in their home country, facilitating networking, professional development, and collaboration to strengthen science globally. ASM Young Ambassadors mobilize the next generation of scientists to develop innovative approaches to meet grand challenges in science.


  • Develop and maintain relationships with key institutions and organizations in the region
  • Identify and respond to the needs of the local science community
  • Promote and explain the benefits of ASM membership


  • Prestige of being an official ASM representative
  • Opportunity to network with scientific leaders worldwide
  • Contribution to advancing microbiology to meet grand challenges

To apply, you must:

  • Have current ASM membership. Click here to become an ASM member.
  • Be in the process of obtaining or have obtained an advanced academic degree, within the past five years and are working in any of the microbiology disciplines
  • Have excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Have experience using social media
  • Have demonstrated leadership in their scientific or academic community

Application Process
Applications are submitted to ASM International Affairs via the International Online Application. The application opens in late fall and closes December 31st.

Applications must include:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • ASM Member Number
  • ASM and non-ASM meetings regularly attended
  • Area of scientific interest
  • Membership in national, regional, and international scientific societies
  • Cover letter explaining the member's interest in becoming a Young Ambassador and highlighting relevant skills, education, or experience
  • Action plan with their proposed activities in the Young Ambassador role

Please note: Young Ambassadors are elected for an initial one year followed by a formal review and opportunity to extend their term for an additional two years. Applicants selected to become Young Ambassadors will be notified in January.

Einstein and YAs
Young Ambassadors pose with Albert Einstein in Washington, DC.

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Young Ambassador to Pakistan, Samreen Sarwar (standing), discusses the work she’s doing on behalf of ASM with fellow YAs from (L-R) Brazil, Cameroon, DRC, and Portugal.