Your STEM Career Begins with SALT
Are you a PhD student in the New York City metropolitan area who wants to pursue a career in STEM? You’ll acquire valuable leadership skills, connect with a powerful network, and gain an edge in your career with Science Alliance Leadership Training (SALT). This free 5-day program provides thirty exceptional students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in leadership concepts, and build the skills they’ll need to effectively advocate for their career.
As a PhD student, you know you’re honing your research skills. But you also know it takes more than that to reach new heights in your career. That’s where SALT comes in.
The training will feature small group exercises, a leadership development plan, community-building among participants, and networking opportunities with a dynamic network of SALT alumni.
What’s in Store for SALT 2020?
The tools you need to succeed
Gain all the leadership, interpersonal, conflict management and communication skills you need to take ownership of your career.
Continuous follow-up and education
The learning doesn’t stop after SALT ends. We provide you with nine months of continuous education in the form of webinars, Q&A sessions and supplemental materials.
A tight-knit community of SALT alumni
You’ll go through SALT with a small cohort of driven students like yourself, enabling you to build connections and open up networking opportunities across multiple institutions and fields.
A professional network like no other
Students must join the New York Academy of Sciences before applying for SALT. As a Member, you’ll enjoy the networking and educational benefits that come with being part of the World’s Smartest Network®.
Eligibility & Selection Criteria
- Applicants must be PhD students in the 2nd year of their PhD or beyond.
- Applicants in year 2 of their PhD must have begun their second semester by March 4th, 2020 or earlier.
- Applicants must be enrolled at an institution located in the New York City metropolitan area.
- Applicants must be Members of the New York Academy of Sciences at the time of the application. If you are not already a Member, please join here prior to submitting your application.
Get Your Application Materials Ready
You’ll need to submit all of your application materials in one go, so be sure to prepare the following items in advance:
Statement of purpose (max. 500 words)
- 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.
Leadership essay (max. 400 words)
- 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.
Candidate biography (max. 150 words)
- Brief bio that includes education, interests and professional goals.
- Must be signed by your PI (access here)
Resume (max. 2 pages)
Letter of recommendation (1)
- Ask the person who is endorsing you to send the letter of recommendation directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions? Visit our FAQ page, or email us at email@example.com.
Not Just Another Career Development Program...
Each day of SALT revolves around a unique theme with lessons, breakouts and trainings designed to help you hone your skills.
Day 1: March 4
Leadership and Critical Communication
Day 2: March 5
Day 3: March 6
Leadership & Personality
Day 4: March 7
Leadership, EQ & Conflict Resolution
Day 5: March 8
No, the recommendation letter can be written by any professional that can attest to what makes you a great candidate for this unique leadership training opportunity.
Yes, you may submit more than one recommendation letter. However, only the first letter received will be included in the application materials for the reviewers.
Yes, SALT requires a 5-day commitment from each participant. The PI’s signature on the consent form guarantees that the student has the consent of their supervisor to participate in this unique opportunity without affecting his/her research requirements.
No, all the requirements must be met by the application deadline (February 4th, 2020). This includes your PI’s signature on the consent form.
No, there is no fee to apply or participate in SALT. However, you must be a Member in good standing of the New York Academy of Sciences at the time of your application.
We expect to notify all applicants of their status by the last week of February 2020.
Each completed 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.
No, this edition of SALT is restricted to students studying at institutions in the New York metropolitan area. However we may offer additional SALT editions later in the year that will be open to a broader set of participants. To stay in the loop, ensure that you subscribe to our newsletters via the link at the bottom of this webpage!
No, previous SALT participants are not eligible to participate as SALT students for a second time.
SALT Program Requirements
SALT sessions will start every day at 8:30 AM and will finish by 5:30 PM.
The last session will end on Friday, March 8th at 4:00 PM.
Yes, SALT participants will get a light breakfast, lunch, and snacks every day.
Yes, the New York Academy of Sciences will cover commuting fees or transportation costs within the New York City metropolitan area associated with participating in SALT. Participant will be reimbursed “incidentals & meals” for a minimum approved rate upon submission of receipts.