Future Leaders FAQs

Am I eligible to apply? 

You must be a current Ph.D. student (or plan to be enrolled in a Ph.D. program in 2020) or postdoctoral scholar in chemistry or related science, with a working knowledge of multiple research information tools. 

How do you define “postdoctoral scholar”?

We broadly define postdoctoral scholars as those who are in an early period of mentored training following the completion of their doctoral studies. 

What are the program dates?

December 2, 2019 Call for applications opens
January 26, 2020 Call for applications closes
March 2020 Selection announcement

What are the primary application requirements?

You must submit the following documents:

  • Essay
  • Curriculum vitae or résumé
  • Letter of recommendation

What should my essay include?

Your 500- to 1,000-word essay should describe:

  • Your current research projects and future goals
  • The value of SciFinder or other scientific information solutions to your research

Essays will be evaluated based on originality and clarity of the writing and must be written in English. You may include up to 2 tables and/or figures (not counted against the word limit).

What should the letter of recommendation include?

Your letter of recommendation should be written by an advisor, mentor or supervisor and should describe:

  • How they know you
  • Your research achievements
  • Your potential for scientific leadership
  • Your unique qualifications for the program

Who should I select for my letter of recommendation?

You should select the advisor, mentor or supervisor who best knows your research achievements and potential for scientific leadership. It does not need to be your current advisor, mentor or supervisor.

How are CAS Future Leaders selected?

Potential for scientific leadership will be assessed based on the overall quality of your application materials. Reviewers include the CAS Future Leaders team, CAS leadership across the organization and a team of scientists responsible for the intellectual indexing of journal articles and patents for the CAS content collection.

How will I be contacted if I am selected?

The 30 applicants who are determined to have the greatest potential for scientific leadership will be contacted by email in March 2020.

What travel-related expenses are covered by CAS?

CAS will arrange and pay for:

  • Air travel to Columbus, San Francisco and home
  • Hotel stays in Columbus and San Francisco 
  • Meals and shuttle transportation in Columbus

In addition, $1,000 USD will be provided to offset any other travel-related expenses.

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