• Science Alliance Leadership Training

  • SALT 2017
  • Preparing and training the next generation of global leaders and innovators that will advance Institutional transformation.

    Science Alliance Leadership Training (SALT) 2017

    Application Deadline: March 31, 2017
    Program Dates: July 10–14, 2017
    Location: The New York Academy of Sciences, New York, NY

    How to Apply

    1. Interested students who are Members of the Academy should submit an application at: on or before March 31st, 2017 at 11:59 PM (EST).
    If you are not already a Member, join at:

    2. All the required documents (parts A–E) should be submitted to the online application. Please notice that the consent form (A) signed by the student's PI (A) and the Résumé (E) need to be uploaded into the online portal.

    3. The letter of recommendation (part F) should be sent directly by the person who is endorsing the student to:

    4. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

    5. The notification of Acceptance / Decline will be sent by e-mail to the applicant by the first week of May.

    What are the Application Materials?

    A. Consent Form
    ** The consent form has to be signed by the Principal Investigator (PI), indicating that if selected the graduate student has their consent to participate in the program during July 10–14th, 2017.

    B. Leadership Essay (Max. 400 words): answer the following questions in an essay.

    • Describe opportunities in your current position as a graduate student where you have demonstrated leadership.
    • Describe a scenario where you were not effective as a leader and describe lesson(s) learned from it.

    C. Statement of Purpose (Max. 500 words): include answers for the following questions in your statement of purpose.

    • What does Leadership mean to you?
    • What do you expect to learn at SALT?
    • Please describe your professional vision and how you plan to get there.

    D. Candidate bio (Max. 150 words): brief bio that includes, education, interests, and professional goals.

    E. Résumé (Max. 2 pages): convert your CV to a Résumé for this application.

    F. Letter of Recommendation
    ** The letter of recommendation should be submitted to by March 31st, 2017 at 11:59 PM (EST). The letter should address the following question: What skills make the candidate a potential leader?

    Selection Merits

    The merits by which the application materials will be evaluated are:

    • Leadership potential
    • Academic status

    Program Overview

    Science Alliance Leadership Training (SALT) is intended for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) PhD students interested in mastering the skills to advance institutional transformation. This 5-day program will provide participants with tools to take ownership of their career by learning interpersonal skills, conflict management, and assertive communications skills. SALT will prepare and train graduate students to assume leadership roles through their professional careers.

    Overall Program Goals

    • Build essential leadership skills in early career scientists that will assist the participants in leading academic transformation.
    • Establish and develop a strong and diverse network of STEM leaders with top credentials.
    • Develop a framework with specific goals and action steps to achieve professional success.


    • Applicants must be Members of the New York Academy of Sciences at the time of the application. If you are not currently a Member, please click here to join the Academy prior to submitting your application.
    • Applicants must be actively engaged in STEM research as PhD students.
    • Applicants must have completed their second year of their PhD program by May 31st, 2017.


    • Personalized Leadership Development Plan
    • Digital Badge (Certificate of Participation)
    • Become part of the Academy's Ambassador Program


    • Communication and Leadership Skills: effective and assertive communication, negotiation techniques, and encouragement of risks- taking attitudes based on constructive criticism.
    • Interpersonal Skills: Ethics, integrity, empathy, communication and team-building.
    • Conflict Management and Emotional Intelligence: Conflict resolution, implicit bias and impostor syndrome.

    Tentative Timeline

    • Application Deadline: March 31, 2017
    • Notify Selected Candidates: by first week of May
    • SALT dates: July 10–14, 2017

    Please review our FAQs sheet. If you have any questions, please email


    SALT Application

    1. What is in the application and in the consent form?
    You can find the application here and the consent form here.

    2. Does the recommendation letter have to be written by the Principal Investigator?
    No, the recommendation letter can be written by a professional that can attest what makes the student a great candidate and leader for this unique Leadership Training opportunity.

    3. Could I submit more than one recommendation letter?
    Yes, more than one recommendation letter can be received for the applicant. However, only the first letter received will be included in the application materials for the reviewers.

    4. Does the application form need to be signed by the grad student's PI?
    Yes, SALT requires a 5-day commitment from each participant. The PI's signature on the application form guarantees that the student has the consent from their supervisor to participate in this unique opportunity without affecting his/her research requirements.

    5. My PI will not sign the consent form (A), would my application still be considered for the SALT 2017?
    No. In order to be considered for review, all the requirements have to be met by the deadline (March 31st, 2017), including the PI's signature on the consent form (A).

    6. Is there is an application fee?
    No, SALT does not require an application fee.

    7. When will I be notified about my application status?
    We expect to notify all applicants of their status by the first week of May.

    8. Who will review my application?
    Each complete application will be reviewed by 2 professionals with doctoral degrees in STEM fields who are currently pursuing a variety of science careers, including science policy, academia, non-profit, industry, and consulting.

    Eligibility for Participation in SALT

    9. Is a PhD degree required to apply?
    No, SALT is designed for current graduate students pursuing PhD degrees in STEM fields who have completed their second year by May 31st, 2017.

    10. Are first year or second year graduate students eligible for the SALT?
    No, SALT is designed for current graduate students who have completed their second year of their PhD degrees by May 31st, 2017.

    11. Are undergraduates, master's students or postdocs eligible to apply?
    No, SALT is designed for current graduate students pursuing PhD degrees in STEM fields who have completed their second year at the time of the application.

    12. Can non US citizens apply for SALT?
    Yes, SALT will accept applications from both non-US citizen students as and US citizen students.

    13. Are students from outside of NYC eligible to apply for SALT?
    Yes, graduate students from other states pursuing their PhD degrees in STEM fields, who have completed their second year by May 2017, are eligible to apply. However, the New York Academy of Sciences will not cover expenses related to lodging, travel, and local transportation incurred by participation in SALT.

    14. I was part of a previous SALT program. I am eligible to apply?
    No, previous SALT participants are not eligible to participate in SALT for a second time.

    SALT Program

    15. If selected, am I required to attend every day?
    Absolutely yes. You are making a commitment to the New York Academy of Sciences to be present during the 5-days of SALT. This year's program dates are July 10–14th.

    16. When do sessions start and end?
    SALT sessions will start every day at 8:30 AM and will finish by 5:30 PM.

    17. When does the last session end?
    The last session will end on Friday, July 14th at 4:00 PM.

    18. Are meals provided during SALT?
    Yes, SALT participants will get a light breakfast, lunch and snacks every day.

    19. Does the New York Academy of Sciences covers my commuting fees?
    No, the New York Academy of Sciences will not cover commuting fees or transportation costs associated with participating in SALT.

    20. Does the New York Academy of Sciences provides travel and lodging?
    No, the New York Academy of Sciences will not cover travel and lodging expenses for SALT participants.

    21. Is there a cost associated with SALT that has to be covered by the participant?
    There are no fees associated with applying or participating in SALT. However, the New York Academy of Sciences will not cover travel, lodging or fees associated with commuting and transportation to SALT.