The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) Minorities Affairs Committee (MAC) announces the ASCB MAC Visiting Professorship Awards Program. The purpose of the awards program, provided through an Innovative Programs to Enhance Research Training grant from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of General Medical Sciences, is to support professional development of faculty at primarily undergraduate teaching institutions that serve minority students and scientists.

This program will provide support for professional development activities throughout the year including:

  • Per diem support to visit the laboratory of an ASCB member at a research intensive institution for an eight- to ten-week period during the summer of 2017 (up to $12,500)
  • Travel expenses to and from the host laboratory (up to $700)
  • Funds provided to your home institution to be used for continuing professional developmental activities and/or for implementation of training modules in courses taught by the VP during the academic year ($2000).
  • Funds for host scientist to visit the VP’s institution (up to $1000)

1. Goals

  • To begin and/or sustain collaborative professional development experiences with a more established and accomplished biologist and ASCB member over the course of at least one year.
  • To give professors in primarily undergraduate teaching institutions a research experience in cell biology or a related field.
  • To provide visiting professors experience with new research tools and techniques as well as develop skills to write grants and get published.
  • To allow professors to enhance their research programs at their home institution.
  • To establish long-term associations between visiting professors, their hosts and research-intensive universities.
  • To enhance the professors’ teaching based on the summer research experience. The MAC encourages the professors and the hosts to visit and speak at each others’ institutions.

2. Selection Criteria

To be eligible for this award, the prospective visiting professor and ASCB member host are required to jointly plan and submit a research proposal that includes a follow-up plan for collaboration during the academic year. Applications will be judged utilizing the following criteria:

  • The subject of the proposed research and the quality of planned professional activities for the visiting professor
  • Plans for ongoing professional interactions between the visiting professor and sponsoring laboratory after the conclusion of the professorship
  • Described benefits to visiting professors teaching
  • The qualifications of the researcher and professor
  • The potential benefits to minorities and the home institution of the visiting professor

Applications are to be submitted online by March 15, 2017. Applications will be evaluated by a committee of ASCB members and reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received.

Upon the submission of a progress report related to the summer research activities, the second half of the per diem award will be sent in August.

3. Financial Disbursement

Each professorship provides per diem support to the summer visit of up to $12,500, plus up to $700 for travel expenses. An additional $2,000 will be provided to the home institution of the visiting professor for continuing research and research training activities during the academic year. The host professor will be reimbursed up to $1000 for travel expenses to give a seminar at the visiting professor’s institution. Visiting Professors are expected to to attend the ASCB Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, December 2-6, 2017 and apply for a MAC Travel Award.

4. Program Requirements and Awardee Responsibilities

A full-time commitment of at least eight weeks in the laboratory of the host scientist during the summer is required. Professional development funds ($2,000) are disbursed to the visiting scientist’s institution with the stipulation that the funds are not subject to administrative or indirect costs. These funds are for professional development, training, and research activities to sustain and further enhance the collaboration during the academic year.

Host and visiting professors must complete evaluations and the visiting professor must submit a progress report related to the summer research activities. All awardees are encouraged to attend a development workshop sponsored by the MAC, held in July, in addition to the ASCB Annual Meeting, where they are encouraged to submit an abstract representing the summer research conducted. Failure to comply with any of the requirements of the program can result in forfeiture of the award.

Visiting professors may qualify for a second year of support based upon successful completion of the first year of the program.

5. Application Information

Underrepresented minority professors and professors from minority serving institutions (MSIs) are especially encouraged to apply for this award. The host scientist must be a member of the ASCB or have submitted a membership application.

To apply fill out the online application and provide the documents listed below.
Host scientist applicants will need to submit:(Materials and supporting documents should be submitted as a single .pdf file).

  1. Short online application
  2. An updated CV
  3. A signed letter (on institutional letterhead) indicating your willingness to host a VP and contribute to their professional development over the course of a year.

Visiting Professor Applicants will need to submit: (Materials and supporting documents should be submitted as a single .pdf file).

  1. An updated CV
  2. A research proposal that includes your professional development plan for the summer and a follow-up plan for collaboration and professional development during the academic year
  3. A signed letter (on institutional letterhead) indicating your willingness to participate in all aspects of the VP program.
  4. A letter from your chair or dean documenting support for your participation in this program, including release time to pursue your research or education program when this grant is funded.
  5. A brief, one-page maximum summary of the anticipated impact of this program on your career. What are your career plans and how will the VP program help you achieve your goals?



Deadline is March 15, 2017.
Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis as they are received.

Questions? Please email Sydella Blatch at
The VP program is funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of General Medical Sciences