Science Alliance Leadership Training 2022
Wednesday, March 9, 2022, 8:00 AM - Sunday, March 13, 2022, 5:30 PM EDT
New York City
The Sloan Foundation
Your STEM Career Begins with SALT
Are you a Ph.D. 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 careers.
“SALT was an amazing 5-day experience that brought a lot of pending and much-needed self-reflection to the surface. This workshop was very empowering and also gave me confidence in my abilities as a scientist and a leader. I now see my strengths and weaknesses as a team member more clearly than ever and have acquired concrete tools to utilize them to the best of my abilities.”
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. Selected participants will receive maximum reimbursement of $100.00.
What’s in Store for SALT 2022?
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 webinars as part of the continuous education.
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 & online badge
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®. You will be part of an online community with past SALT members on LaunchPad and a closed LinkedIn group only for SALT members. You will also receive an online badge once you have attended the workshop and the nine mandatory webinars.
Eligibility & Selection Criteria
• Applicants must be Ph.D. students in the 2nd year of their Ph.D. or beyond.
• Applicants in year 2 of their Ph.D. must have begun their second semester by March 4th, 2022, or earlier.
• Applicants must be enrolled at an institution located in the New York City metropolitan area.
• Applicants must be members of New York Academy of Sciences.
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 the lesson(s) learned from it.
Candidate biography (max. 150 words)
• A 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)
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 9
Leadership and Critical Communication
Day 2: March 10
Day 3: March 11
Leadership & Personality
Networking with past SALT Alums
Day 4: March 12
Leadership, EQ & Conflict Resolution
Day 5: March 13
Networking with past SALT Alums
Following the workshop, the participants will be engaged in nine webinars that will focus on various aspects of Leadership. The SALT members are required to attend these webinars. The webinars will be held the following dates:
SALT Webinar 1: April 14, 2022
SALT Webinar 2: May 5, 2022
SALT Webinar 3: May 19, 2022
SALT Webinar 4: June 2, 2022
SALT Webinar 5: June 23, 2022
SALT Webinar 6: July 14, 2022
SALT Webinar 7: August 11, 2022
SALT Webinar 8: September 8, 2022
SALT Webinar 9: September 29, 2022
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 9th, 2022). 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 23rd February 2022.
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 sessions will end on Sunday, March 13, 2022 at 4:30 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. The maximum reimbursement stipend will be capped at $100.00.