American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Research Mentoring-Pair Travel Award


The Research Mentoring-Pair Travel Award Program (RMPTA) is designed to foster the professional development of students and emerging scientists who have expressed an interest in research careers in communication sciences and disorders. RMPTA is given in conjunction with the Research Symposium held at the annual ASHA Convention.

RMPTA awardees (both protégés and mentors) receive an ASHA Convention registration fee waiver.


Protégés must be (a) a current student at the master's, AuD, or PhD level, (b) a postdoctoral fellow, or (c) a junior level faculty member (less than six years teaching/research experience in a tenure-track position or below the level of associate professor).

Special consideration will be given to individuals whose research or research interests are (a) relevant to the current year's Symposium topic, (b) interdisciplinary in nature, (c) translational in nature, or (d) related to issues of cultural or linguistic diversity.

Protégés must arrange to be mentored by an experienced investigator affiliated with an academic or clinical research environment. Your mentor may be affiliated with your university or based elsewhere, but you must be able to extend a relationship with your mentor beyond the Symposium.

View previous RMPTA recipients.

Convention Activities

  • The 2014 ASHA Convention will be held November 20–22, in Orlando, Florida.
  • Attend the Research Symposium on Saturday, November 22, 2014.

How to Apply

Both protégés and mentors will each need to complete a separate RMPTA online application form and upload documents through the online application system (opening May 1). See the RMPTA Application Instructions for details.

Deadline for receipt of the completed application packet is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application in August. Awards will be disbursed post-Convention.

Questions? Please refer to the RMPTA FAQs. Still have questions? Contact ASHA's Academic Affairs and Research Education Unit at

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