Pathways Program Frequently Asked Questions

ASHA's Pathways program mentors early-career clinical scientists, assisting participants in developing a 5-year research career plan, acculturating to a research career, building a publication record, and learning about funding mechanisms. The specific goal of the program is to prepare eligible candidates to become competitive applicants for NIDCD ECR R21 or K23 awards, with the ultimate goal of advancing the evidence base of the discipline.

If I meet the eligibility criteria for both Pathways and Lessons for Success, can I apply to both in the same year?

No. An individual who meets all of the following requirements is eligible to apply to both programs:

  • PhD student at the level of candidacy, postdoctoral fellow, or junior-level faculty
  • Clinical researcher
  • Has been awarded extramural research funding below the level of an ECR R21/R03, or has applied for federal research funding

However, individuals may apply to only one of these programs in any given year. We generally encourage those who are eligible for both programs to apply to Pathways first because 1) participating in Pathways first is the only way one can participate in both programs, and 2) Pathways provides good preparation for Lessons for Success. Current PhD students who have not yet been awarded F31 funding are strongly encouraged to apply to Pathways instead of Lessons for Success.

What are the selection criteria and what will the application review process entail?

Each application is reviewed by two or three reviewers who are senior investigators in the discipline of communication sciences and disorders. Participants are selected based on the applicant's level of research productivity (given the career stage and environment) and promise for future research productivity.

What if I am traveling to the program from outside of the U.S.?

You are still eligible to apply. Please note that travel from outside of the United States will be funded up to $800, roundtrip.

When will I be notified of my selection status?

Applicants will be notified of acceptance status by April.

Where can I get additional information?

You may contact ASHA's Academic Affairs and Research Education team at with any additional questions.

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