Advancing Academic-Research Careers (AARC) Award


The AARC Award is intended to support the academic-research careers of junior-level faculty in the field of communication sciences and disorders (CSD). AARC is an award that supports mentored activities in both teaching and research.

Up to ten awards of $5,000 each will be granted. In support of ASHA's strategic objectives, applications that focus the mentored teaching and/or research component on the following areas are particularly encouraged.

  • Clinical Practice Research. Clinical practice research in CSD is distinct from research aimed primarily at understanding the mechanisms underlying normal or disordered processing. Rather, it refers to research that focuses on the prevention, diagnostics, treatment, implementation, and outcomes measurement of communication, swallowing, and balance disorders. Clinical practice research, due to its applied nature, has the potential to impact clinical practice in the near term.
  • Implementation Science. "Implementation science is the scientific study of variables and conditions that impact changes at practice, organization, and systems levels; changes that are required to promote the systematic uptake, sustainability and effective use of evidence-based programs and practices in typical service and social settings.” (Blasé & Fixsen, 2010, National Implementation Research Network)
  • Interprofessional Education and Interprofessional Practice (IPE/IPP). ASHA has adapted the World Health Organization definitions of IPE/IPP as follows:
    • IPE as an activity that occurs when two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve outcomes for individuals and families whom we serve.
    • IPP occurs when multiple service providers from different professional backgrounds provide comprehensive healthcare or educational services by working with individuals and their families, caregivers, and communities to deliver the highest quality of care across settings.

Applicants work in conjunction with mentors to develop mentored teaching and research plans tailored to the applicant's career stage. The plans—which propose specific teaching and research activities that will be completed under the guidance of the mentors during the 18-month funding period—are submitted as part of the AARC application. Examples of acceptable activities include, but are not limited to

Mentored teaching activities, such as

  • learn new teaching or mentoring techniques
  • attend or present at a conference on the scholarship of teaching and learning
  • lead a mentoring program such as a journal club
  • incorporate theories of teaching/learning into your own courses
  • incorporate contemporary technologies (e.g., social media, telepractice) or instrumentation (e.g., fMRI) into course work and student mentoring
  • develop new curricula or unique learning opportunities (e.g., problem-based learning, interprofessional education, distance learning, or student research opportunities)

Mentored research activities, such as

  • learn a new research methodology or technique
  • attend or present at a research conference
  • participate in a training course on data analysis
  • train in another research lab
  • prepare a research manuscript or grant application
  • conduct a feasibility study or collect pilot data

In addition, the AARC award offers a professional networking opportunity for those who attend the ASHA Convention. AARC awardees are invited to attend a reception exclusively for ASHA's research education program awardees, participants, and faculty. For those attending Convention, this is a great opportunity to meet fellow AARC awardees, learn about and meet participants in ASHA's other research education programs, and network with the experienced faculty who have been involved in the success of these programs.

View current and former AARC Award recipients.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility criteria: 

  • research doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent)
  • full-time, faculty appointment below the level of associate professor in a CSD department in an academic institution in the United States.* Primary responsibilities include teaching and conducting research
  • ASHA member (with or without certification)*

*Required at the time of award disbursement

The mentoring team must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Composed of at least two mentors: one to support the applicant's teaching plan and one to support the applicant's research plan.
  • All mentors have research doctorates.
  • At least one mentor is a faculty member in a CSD department.

View current and former AARC Award recipients.

How to Apply

Applicants must complete an online application form, upload several PDF documents, and submit the entire package by the established deadline. See the application instructions for details on the required documents and application deadline date.

Questions? Please see the AARC FAQs. Still have questions? Contact the Academic Affairs and Research Education team at

Interested in serving as a reviewer? At a minimum, reviewers must hold a PhD and be at the associate professor level. Additional requirements may apply. E-mail to express your interest.

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