Women in Cognitive Science Travel Awards to Initiate International Research Collaborations for Junior Scientists

Women in Cognitive Science Travel Awards to Initiate International Research Collaborations for Junior Scientists
 during 2016-7

Building a network is a particularly important investment for a woman’s career in academe because women often lack easy access to powerful contacts, have fewer mentors, face greater professional isolation, and are less likely than men to speak with other faculty daily about their research (e.g., Lyness & Thompson, 2000; Morrison & Von Glinow, 1990; Ragins & Sundstrom, 1989). At the same time, cross-disciplinary research is becoming more highly valued and crucial for success. Finally, with progressive globalization of science it has become increasingly recognized that the next generation of cognitive scientists must expand their professional network beyond the US. An international professional network is one way to expand the opportunities to pair up with laboratories that have complementary theoretical frameworks and expertise in alternative, potentially informative techniques. Unlike the WiCS travel awards for conferences, the primary goal of these awards is to support travel that is likely to lead to a productive international research collaboration in the laboratory of a senior scholar. WiCS will offer up to three Travel Awards to junior women scientists based in the US (up to $2200/person) to establish new collaborations with senior scholars abroad. A competitive application will document that the candidate has contacted a senior person and has begun to discuss details of collaborative research. Preference will be given to junior scientists who demonstrate preparation to initiate data collection and analysis away from their home institution. Projects should be of modest scope so that researchers can realistically collect and analyze data within the period of one year. Proposed topics of investigation should fall within the purview of the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences at NSF.

Funds are available for up to 3 awards of up to $2200 each. Eligibility: Applicants must be: 1. A woman scientist. 2. A graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, or assistant professor. 3. A US citizen or permanent resident, to comply with NSF requirements. 4. Requesting to visit a laboratory where she has not worked previously, and outside of the institution at which the Master’s and/or PhD were awarded.

To apply, submit the following to the Travel Awards Committee: 1. Evidence of an invitation from abroad to visit for the purpose of collecting data and documentation of the resources that will be available to the junior scientist in that laboratory. 2. A collaboration plan. This plan should demonstrate buy-in from a senior (or mid career) scientist who will be the applicant’s primary host. Although only women scientists are eligible for this award, the targeted senior scientist(s) can be of any gender. The plan should specify the general research question and methodology including the methods of collecting data and subject pool that will be available to the junior scientist. Also it should describe the relevance of this project to the applicant's research program. The plan should be approximately 2 pages long (single-spaced, using a 12-point font). 3. Provide evidence of any pilot work that increases the chances of success. 4. A current CV

Relevant Dates: Submit all materials at http://www.womenincogsci.org/international-travel-awards-application by 5 PM EST on December 1, 2016. Awards will be announced on: January 20, 2017. Winners are required to submit a report on the meeting and networking experience. The deadline for submitting the final report is March 15, 2018. Reports should be submitted to [email protected]. Decisions will be made by the WICS Travel Awards Committee chaired by Dr. Laurie Feldman (University at Albany, State University of New York). Funding for this program comes from the Perception, Action, and Cognition Program and the Office of International Science and Engineering at the National Science Foundation.