CAS Future Leaders

Join a group of exceptional Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars from around the world to take the next steps in your leadership journey.

This year's call for applications is now closed. Learn more about our 2024 CAS Future Leaders in March!

Join a group of exceptional Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars from around the world to take the next steps in your leadership journey.

This year's call for applications is now closed. Learn more about our 2024 CAS Future Leaders in March!

CAS Future Leaders Program 2022

Why You Should Apply

Advance Your Career and Make Meaningful Impacts in Science


The CAS Future Leaders program supports the growth of science leadership among early-career scientists. Since 2010, the program has awarded Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars opportunities to learn leadership skills, engage in scientific discourse, and connect with peer scientists and innovators from around the world.  


Get exclusive leadership training from industry experts and learn how CAS connects the world’s scientific knowledge.


Share your latest discoveries to advance scientific knowledge at the American Chemical Society fall meeting.


Network to make meaningful connections with peer scientists and innovators from around the world.

2024 Program Benefits

Expense-paid trip to CAS Headquarters in Columbus, Ohio
August 12-17, 2024
Expense-paid trip to ACS Fall 2024 in Denver, Colorado
August 18-22, 2024
$1,000 USD
3-year ACS membership
Profile featured in C&EN (201720182019, 20202022, and 2023 articles)
Complimentary registration for the ACS meeting
Opportunity to present your research at the ACS meeting
Complimentary registration for an ACS Professional and Leadership Development course at the ACS meeting
Lifetime membership in the CAS Future Leaders Alumni Community


"Beyond learning life lessons and skills from top leaders in the chemical industry, participating in Future Leaders gave me the opportunity to connect with inspiring scientists from all over the world, creating strong friendships with remarkable individuals who continue to be a source of support and motivation long after finishing the program."

—César A. Urbina-Blanco (2018), C&EN

"For a group of young scientists, strangers to one another, working in such diverse areas of chemical sciences, we connected on a level that no one had ever expected."
—Felicia Lim (2018), CAS Blog

"Being part of the Future Leaders transforms your life. You never forget the moment you get that email from CAS. But more importantly, you never forget the people you meet during the program."
—Fernando Gomollon Bel (2014), CAS Blog

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Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible to apply? 

You must be a current Ph.D. student (or plan to be enrolled in a Ph.D. program in 2024) or postdoctoral scholar in chemistry or related science, with a working knowledge of multiple research information tools. 

How do you define “postdoctoral scholar”?

We consider a postdoctoral scholar as an individual who has received a doctoral degree (or equivalent) and is engaged in a temporary period of mentored advanced training to enhance the professional skills and research independence needed to pursue their chosen career path.

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Join our global network of Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars in chemistry and related sciences.

299 alumni
38 countries/regions

Contact Us

Questions about the CAS Future Leaders program? See our FAQ and Terms & Conditions or email the CAS Future Leaders team.

Not a Ph.D. student or postdoctoral scholar? Download our printable flyer to share with someone you know!


2023 CAS Future Leaders

This year's participants were selected from among hundreds of highly qualified applicants, representing a wide array of scientific disciplines and organizations from around the world. Congratulations to our 2023 class:

Justin Lee Andrews, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States
Sivani Baskaran, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Norway
Isaiah Borne, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
Andryj Borys, Universität Bern, Switzerland
Kimberly Carter-Fenk, Stanford University, United States
Alison Sy-min Chang, University of Oregon, United States
Ty Christoff-Tempesta, University of Delaware, United States
Eleonora Comeo, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
Roxana Coreas, University of California, Berkeley, United States
Cintya Dharmayanti, University of South Australia, Australia
Katharina Ehrmann, Technische Universität Wien, Austria
Ana Cristina Garcia Alvarez, University of California, Irvine, United States
Diego Gomez-Maldonado, Northeastern University, United States
Mallory Green, Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Germany
Bryan D. James, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, United States
Fiona Kearns, University of California San Diego, United States
Kenry, Harvard University, United States
Croix Laconsay, University of Houston, United States
Krystyna Maslowska-Jarzyna, University of Warsaw, Poland
Kacey Garrett Ortiz, Auburn University, United States
Melissa Ramirez, California Institute of Technology, United States
Bec Roldan, University of Michigan, United States
Monika A. Roy, University of Massachusetts Lowell, United States
Karla Rosalia Sanchez Lievanos, University of Rochester, United States
Sayoni Sarkar, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India
Susmita Sarkar, Purdue University, United States
Monika Snowdon, University of Waterloo, Canada
Amy Solinski, Pennsylvania State University, United States
Zoha Syed, Northwestern University, United States
Azalea Uva, University of Toronto, Canada
Cel Welch, Brown University, United States
Stone Woo, Scripps Research, United States
Xiaohui Xu, Princeton University, United States
Hirogi Yokochi, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Jianyu Zhang, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China

2023 CAS Future Leaders Top 100

The 2023 CAS Future Leaders Top 100 program recognizes additional outstanding applicants from our call for applications. This new initiative honors their accomplishments and provides exclusive Top 100 benefits to support the growth of their science leadership potential.

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