American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Audiology/Hearing Science Research Travel Award (ARTA) Application Instructions and Frequently Asked Questions

Application Instructions

  1. Access the online application system.
  2. Select "ARTA Applicants" from the drop-down menu.
  3. Complete the online application and demographic information forms, upload all of the following materials as PDF* documents and submit the entire application package by 11:59 p.m. EDT, June 1.
    • 500 word statement detailing
      • The area(s) of research you would like to learn more about and why
      • How the ARTA program and attending the ASHA Convention would be of benefit to your career goal
      • The statement will be judged on the thoughtfulness, clarity, and organization of the response.
    • Curriculum vitae/resume describing clinical and/or research activities
    • Letter of recommendation from a faculty member or research mentor (see details below)

*Please contact academicaffairs@asha.org if you are unable to provide documents in PDF format.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can submit a letter of recommendation on my behalf?

  • Your recommendation should come from a faculty member and/or mentor who is knowledgeable of your interest in research as a component of your career, and can address how learning about research via ASHA's ARTA program would benefit your future professional goals. The faculty member should provide the letter to you in PDF format for submission.
  • When speaking with the faculty member who be writing the letter of recommendation you should
    • provide information about the ARTA program
    • discuss your response to the ARTA statement
      • discuss your description of the area(s) of research you would like to learn more about and why
      • discuss how you feel the ARTA program and attending the ASHA Convention would be of benefit to your career goals
  • The person submitting a letter of recommendation on your behalf must hold a research doctoral degree (e.g., PhD) in audiology, hearing science, or a related discipline. They need not be employed at the same institution where you are enrolled nor need to hold a faculty appointment within a communication sciences and disorders program.

What are the selection criteria?

The review panel will use the following criteria to rate each application:

  • thoughtfulness of response to the research interest statement in the online application
  • clarity of response
  • organization of response
  • resume or curriculum vitae
  • letter of recommendation

Note: Applicants will be reviewed within their degree category (e.g., AuD applicants are reviewed with other AuD applicants).

When will I be notified of the outcome of the application review process?

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the application review process in August.

How is the award distributed to recipients?

  • The travel stipend (made payable to the award recipient) will be sent within 30 days following the Convention.
  • To receive complimentary Convention registration, please follow the instructions that will be included in the award notification.

What sessions and events are recipients expected to attend at the ASHA Convention?

Each award recipient will be expected to attend some pre-selected events and sessions that will be outlined prior to the Convention, but may include the following:

  • Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on Wednesday evening
    The meeting will include a dinner, awards recognition, and presentations on a timely topic. A dessert networking reception will follow the meeting.
  • ARTA Breakfast on Thursday morning
    Meet and greet other award winners at this networking breakfast.
  • Opening Session on Thursday morning
    This session is the kick-off for the Convention and includes the president's address, highlights of events of the next three days, and entertainment for the attendees.
  • ASHFoundation Founders Breakfast on Friday morning
    Learn about the ASHFoundation scholarship and grant programs as the awardees are recognized during this networking breakfast.
  • Awards Ceremony on Friday evening
    The ceremony celebrates the highest achievement and excellence in the CSD professions, including the presentation of the Honors of the Association, ASHA Fellows, and Annie Glenn Award.
  • PhD Information Sharing Session and luncheon on Saturday
    This session is an informal discussion/networking opportunity for students interested in or currently enrolled in a PhD program.

Other Convention opportunities include

  • Research Roundtables Lunchtime Session on Thursday (lunch provided)
    New investigators will interact with individuals in the discipline who can offer advice concerning successful academic-research careers (e.g., beginning a research career, balancing research and other activities, identifying appropriate research funding, and interviewing for a professional position).
  • NIDCD-Sponsored Research Symposium all day on Saturday
    The topic will be publicized with other Convention information.
  • Additional Convention sessions of interest
    Be sure to attend the educational and scientific program sessions and posters, and networking/social/dining opportunities such as the opening reception and closing party.

Where is more specific information about the Convention?

Please refer to the Convention website for more details.

What if I still have questions?

Contact academicaffairs@asha.org.

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