Research Mentoring-Pair Travel Award Application Instructions and Frequently Asked Questions

Application Instructions

It is the protégé's responsibility to ensure all protégé and mentor steps are completed and to submit the entire application package by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, Tuesday, July 1, 2014.

Protégés Steps

  • Initiate and complete the protégé application form in the online application system.
  • Upload the following 2 documents in PDF format:
    1. protégé's curriculum vitae, resume or narrative biographical sketch detailing educational, clinical, and research experiences
    2. 1,000-word essay stating current research interests and activities, how attendance at this meeting could serve to enhance personal research career goals, and why this mentor-protégé team is an appropriate match and will facilitate the goals of the protégé
  • Grant the mentor access to their application in the online system. Ask the mentor to check their e-mail and junk e-mail folder for the invitation from the online application system.
  • Ensure that their mentor has completed and uploaded the materials listed under Mentor Steps below.
  • Press "Submit your Complete Application Package." You will receive an e-mail confirmation (check your junk e-mail folder).

Mentor Steps

  • Upon receiving the e-mail invitation to register an account with the online application system (check your junk e-mail folder), login to complete the mentor application form.
  • Upload the following 2 documents in PDF format:
    1. mentor's current curriculum vitae
    2. letter of support that includes statements on the following:
      • awareness of the protégé's research goals
      • commitment to attend the Research Symposium with the protégé to help support their goals

Frequently Asked Questions

How can Research Mentoring-Pair Travel Award funds be used?

Examples of appropriate uses of funds include:

  • costs incurred to attend the Convention (airline ticket, taxi fare, hotel room)
  • meals

Please note: the stipend provided by the travel award is meant to help defray the cost of attending the Symposium; it is not meant to cover all expenses associated with travel to the Convention.

Can I apply for the award if I have already received funding from another source?

An individual who has received other ASHA travel awards is also eligible to apply for the RMPTA.

Who can I apply with as my mentor? Does he or she have to be someone at my university, or may they be based elsewhere?

Protégés are able to pick a mentor of their choice; however, mentors are required to be seasoned investigators in either an academic, clinical, or research environment.

What will the award application review process entail?

The Research Mentoring-Pair Travel Awards will be made based on a competitive application process. Following the submission deadline, all applications will be sent to a group of designated reviewers. Selections will be based on reviewers' score of the following documents:

  • biographical sketch
  • 1,000-word essay
  • letter of support from the mentor

Reviewers' comments on the applications will also be considered. Special consideration will be given to individuals whose research or research interests are (a) relevant to the Symposium topic, (b) interdisciplinary and/or translational in nature, or (c) related to issues of cultural or linguistic diversity. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application in August.

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