Pioneer Travel Fellowship

The INSGC Pioneer Fellowships are intended to support equity and diversity of graduate, postdoc and new faculty scholars at all INSGC academic affiliates. Both career opportunities and professional development (including networking, social support, and cohort technical interactions) at conferences emphasizing STEM diversity and underrepresented minority (URM) scholars are important components of pipeline development, research experience, and scholarly success. However, many URM and diversity-focused scholars face financial and social support barriers to presenting their technical work and engaging in networking and job search events at such STEM conferences outside of the scholars’ primary (and predominantly majority) professional society affiliations. The Pioneer Fellowships are intended to help bridge this gap.


Eligible applicants are U.S. Citizens, attending graduate school with a research-track degree focus, engaged in a recognized postdoctoral position, or in the first two years of a tenure-track faculty position at an INSGC academic affiliate. Applicants to the Pioneer Fellowship should provide evidence of an accepted technical presentation (abstract or draft paper with acceptance) to one of the followinga targeted diversity / URM focused conference.  Identified conferences of this type include, for examples: American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE), National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP);, or other minority STEM organization meeting/conferences may be accepted on a case by case basis. Fellowships for conference registration, travel, and supplies, up to $25003000, are awarded to eligible applicants on a funds-available basis. Pioneer Fellows should, as a condition of the award, make available to INSGC a brief CV, a copy of presentation materials, and brief written (1000 word max) and multimedia (audio / video recording) report of their conference professional development and scholarly experience.


DUE: January 28th, 2022

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