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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I have to be a US citizen for this Award?

    No. The Scholars Program call for applications is a global outreach.

  • What is the application close date and time?

    The Phase 1 application process will close 11:59 PM (UTC) October 31st, 2017.

    Applicants that move on to the Phase 2 application process will be notified the week of November 20th, 2017. Additional information will be provided at that time to those selected individuals in regards to Phase 2 and the submission of the 5 minute video.

  • I am currently a Lecturer without the ability to obtain tenure in this position. Am I eligible for the Award?

    Yes. If your current teaching position is equivalent to an Associate or Assistant Professor / Lecturer or Senior Lecturer you are eligible to apply for a Scholars Program Award, even if you are on a track that does not allow for future tenure at your current University/Institution.

  • My university does not have a tenure track. Am I eligible for the Award?

    Yes. The Scholars Program is open to non-tenured females who are in Associate or Assistant Professor / Lecturer or Senior Lecturer or global equivalent faculty positions at the time of application at an accredited academic university, institution or design school. It is not necessary that the sponsoring institution have a tenure track.

    This is a change from the original design of the program. Because we understand that there may be numerous qualified applicants from institutions which do not recognize tenure, including from countries where this concept does not exist, we eliminated this requirement.

  • When submitting my application what if I can’t find an Application Sub-Category that fits my research focus?

    Please categorize your application as best you can within the disciplines and sub-categories that are provided. We will ensure it is reviewed with your proposed research focus in mind.

  • How many Scholars Program applicants can a University/Institute recommend?

    Applications are limited; each University and/or Academic Institute can support and recommend one applicant per each STEM2D discipline. Therefore, each University and/or Academic Institute can support a total of 6 applicant submissions (one for Science, one for Technology, one for Engineering, etc.)

  • What if my University also has a Medical or Design School that is considered a different institution, can each entity recommend 6 applicants (one application per STEM²D letter)?

    If each institution has a separate DUNS number, then yes, each institution can support applicants separately. However, if the institutions fall under one DUNS number, the institutions collectively should align on recommendations.

  • Can a University/Institute submit one combined Letter of Recommendation for all applicants?

    No. There should be a separate letter of recommendation from the University/Institute for each applicant.

  • For the 1,000-word document detailing the proposed area of research, can references be listed outside of that word count?

    Yes, please go ahead and list references on a separate page if needed.

  • When creating the budget proposal for the research, should I include university indirect costs or overhead?

    No. In order to most effectively achieve the goals of the program to fuel the research passion and accelerate the research career of a WiSTEM²D Scholar, the Scholars Program Award is intended to be used to fund research consumables and the salary or hourly wage of lab personnel to be used by the Recipient in support of her research project. It is not to be used to pay the Recipient’s salary or any indirect or overhead costs of the University or Academic Institute, including fringe benefits or indirect costs for any lab personnel providing assistance to the Recipient.

  • What are allowable expenses under the research budget proposal?

    Costs that drive and are related to the research of the application proposal. Such as: research consumables, capital equipment, external CRO costs, salary or hourly wage of lab and/or research personnel (to include undergraduate, graduate, and post-doc student salaries). The award funding can also be applied to travel, conference attendance, or publication costs as long as they are directly associated to the research proposal within the application.

    Costs that are considered non-allowable are: tuition payments, university fees, benefit costs, health insurance coverage costs, as well as costs considered as overhead or fringe.

  • Can an applying Scholar use the award funding for course ‘buy-out’?

    No. The award cannot be used for either salary for the award recipient, salary supplements during non-academic months, or for the recipient to buyout her course teaching obligations at her institution.

  • Does the video submissions need to be professionally produced?

    No. The applicant can choose any method or resource to create the required videos (1 min. video for Phase 1, and if selected to move forward, the 5 min. video for Phase 2.)