Research Mentoring-Pair Travel Award


The Research Mentoring-Pair Travel Award (RMPTA) is given in conjunction with the Research Symposium, a day-long event held at the annual ASHA Convention. The award is designed to foster the professional development of students and early-career scientists who have expressed an interest in, or are pursuing, research careers in communication sciences and disorders.

Each student or early-career scientist identifies a more experienced investigator and invites that individual to apply with him or her as a mentor-protégé pair.

Awarded pairs will receive ASHA Convention registration fee waivers and a $1,000 stipend ($750 to the protégé and $250 to the mentor). The pairs engage in activities before, during, and after Convention

View previous RMPTA recipients.


A protégé and mentor apply as a pair and must attend the Symposium together. The Symposium takes place all day Saturday at Convention.

Protégé eligibility:

  • student at the master's, clinical doctorate, or PhD level at the time of Convention, or
  • postdoctoral fellow, or
  • junior level faculty member (less than six years teaching/research experience in a tenure-track position or below the level of associate professor)

Mentor eligibility:

  • experienced investigator affiliated with an academic or clinical research environment
  • can be affiliated with the protégés university or based elsewhere
  • Symposium speakers are not eligible to serve as RMPTA mentors (see Symposium Agenda)

Preference will be given to investigators whose area of research is related to the topic of the Symposium.

Awardee Pair Requirements

The award includes responsibilities before, during, and after Convention.

Before Convention

  • Each mentor and protégé registers for the ASHA Convention using a registration fee waiver issued upon acceptance
  • Each mentor and protégé reads articles identified by the speakers about their Symposium topics. Each protégé should work with his or her mentor to develop questions to ask during the question and answer period of the Symposium.

During Convention

  • Each mentor-protégé pair attends the Research Symposium together all day Saturday, November 17, 2018, from 8:00 a.m. to approximately 5:00 p.m., including a networking lunch with the Symposium speakers.
  • Each protégé must ask at least one question during the Symposium

After Convention

  • Each mentor-protégé pair conducts a mentored review during February to review a Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research manuscript based on one or two of the Symposium presentations.

How to Apply

The RMPTA application period opens in May and closes in July.

Protégés must complete an online application form, upload several PDF documents, and submit the entire application by the established deadline. See the RMPTA Application Instructions and FAQs for details, including the deadline and Symposium date.

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