The Academic and Research Leadership Symposium (ARLS) is co-located with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Annual Convention. The ARL Symposium has two threads: (1) a faculty development thread, and (2) a research networking thread. The faculty development thread hosts workshops organized by members of the ARL network that strengthen and demystify fundamental components of academia. The researcher development and networking thread is critical to the goal of a self-sustaining ARL ecosystem. Through funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), NSBE is able to fund up to 40 early-career faculty, post-doctoral scholars, and Ph.D. candidates to attend ARLS (NSF Grant #EEC-1548319).
ASSIST Travel Grants
Travel grants will cover expenses incurred to attend the Academic and Research Leadership Symposium (ARLS) and NSBE National Convention up to $2,000. Eligible expenses include airfare, lodging, registration, meals, and other travel costs (e.g., parking). When you apply to attend, you will be asked to indicate which expenses you need grant funds to cover.
ASSIST Eligibility Requirements
Applicants for ASSIST Travel Grants must be early-career faculty members, post-doctoral professionals, or graduate students, and must meet the following criteria:
Faculty applicants must have held their appointment for five years or less.
Faculty and post-doctoral applicants must hold engineering appointments in an ABET accredited institution; and faculty from two-year colleges must teach STEM-related courses.
Post-doctoral applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in engineering within 48 months prior to their application.
Graduate students must be within one year of graduating with an engineering degree, in good academic standing, and enrolled as full or part time students.
ASSIST Travel Grant recipients must be US Citizens or have permanent resident status.
A complete application includes:
Responses to a short set of eligibility questions.
Statement of Interest - describe what you hope to gain by participating in the event and how the experience will benefit you and your career.
Statement of Diversity Contribution - describe your contributions to engineering diversity as well as your future diversity-related goals.