LINKAGEFELLOWS
Under a grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of General Medical Science (NIH/NIGMS), the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) Minorities Affairs Committee (MAC) is pleased to provide funding opportunities for faculty from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) to participate in a variety of professional and student development activities with the ASCB MAC. Called the “ASCB MAC Linkage Fellows Program,” funding is provided for Fellows to support outreach and activities that promote cell biology at their home institutions.
1. Goals
    The major goal of this program is to increase participation of faculty from MSIs to “serve as a link between the institution, its students, faculty and administration, and the ASCB MAC.” The Linkage Fellows program is expected to be instrumental in the identification of applicants at the undergraduate and graduate level for MAC programs.
2. Selection Criteria
To be eligible for this award, prospective Fellows must be faculty from MSIs and must submit an application, as well as complete a 1000-word proposal on why the applicant wants to become an ASCB Linkage Fellow. The proposal should include professional goals, defined proposed activities that include a detailed budget, and a statement that expresses the applicant’s desire to serve as a mentor to young minority scientists.
  • Evidence of commitment to achieve the program goals
  • Value of proposed activities
  • Outreach plan to other local MSIs
Applicants will be notified of selections in September 2017.
3. Financial Disbursement
Institutional checks up to $5,000 will be sent in September or October. Fellows are allowed to use the funds as institutional PIs to meet the various goals of the grant. Fellows must sign an agreement that stipulates they will do the following:
  • Advertise and promote ASCB MAC programs on their campuses by developing and disseminating fliers and/or by hosting departmental brown bag or info sessions on how to create a poster/abstract or other topics of interest to students.
  • Recruit and provide guidance to students and faculty on how to apply for other ASCB MAC programs (Visiting Professorship, FRED Program, Junior Faculty and Postdoctoral Fellows Career Development Workshop, and MAC Travel Awards).
4. Program Requirements and Awardee Responsibilities
Annual Linkage Fellows’ responsibilities include:
  • Promoting cell biology education on the Linkage Fellow’s local campus and area campuses
  • Attending the ASCB Annual Meeting in December and participating by:
    1. Bringing one or two student poster presenters to the ASCB Annual Meeting
    2. Attending the MAC Mentoring Symposium, MAC Poster Session, E.E. Just Lecture and other MAC activities
    3. Attending the Linkage Fellows meeting
  • Completing an annual Linkage Fellows evaluation/report
Fellows will be invited and encouraged to attend MAC Programs. MAC annually hosts a Junior Faculty and Postdoctoral Career Development Workshop on topics of importance to this group. Only first time Linkage Fellows can attend this Workshop.
5. Application Information
Applicants must be a member of the ASCB or have submitted a membership application. Applications will be accepted from full time faculty at a minority serving institutions. To apply fill out the online application and provide the documents listed below: (Materials and supporting documents should be submitted as a single pdf file)
  1. Short online application
  2. An updated CV
  3. 1000-word proposal on why you want to become an ASCB Linkage Fellow, including your professional goals and defined proposed activities
  4. Detailed budget of proposed activities
  5. Statement that expresses your desire to serve as a mentor to young minority scientists.
APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN! The deadline is March 15, 2017. Questions? Please email Sydella Blatch at sblatch@ascb.org The Linkage Fellows program is funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of General Medical Sciences.
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