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Academic Leadership for Women in Engineering (ALWE)

Intent of Academic Leadership for Women in Engineering (ALWE) Program

To address the need for more women in positions of academic leadership in engineering and to foster the professional growth of women within the academy, The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) developed the Academic Leadership for Women in Engineering (ALWE) program. In the fall of 2015, SWE, along with six other minority professional engineering society partners, was awarded a four-year grant from the National Science Foundation called ASSIST (Grant No. 1548200) to increase the diversification of the engineering professorate.

With the support of the ASSIST grant, SWE will be able to fund up to 40 engineering early faculty, post-doctoral professionals, and graduate students to attend ALWE held at WE17. Participants in the program will experience interactive sessions that provide best practices to advance in academia while creating opportunities and mechanisms to network across institutions.

Travel Funding

Awards will cover expenses incurred traveling to and attending ALWE up to $2,000. Eligible expenses include round-trip airfare, lodging, conference registration, and travel costs and meals. SWE will only provide lodging for up to 4 nights on October 25, 26, 27, and 28, 2017. Attendee travel days will be on Wednesday, October 25 and Sunday, October 29, 2017.

Eligibility Guidelines

To be eligible for the ASSIST travel grant, applicants must be a faculty member, post-doctoral scholar, or graduate student in addition to meeting the following criteria:

  • Post-doctoral applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in engineering within 48 months prior to their application.
  • Graduate students must be within one year of graduating with an engineering degree, in good academic standing, and enrolled as full or part time students.
  • Faculty and post-doctoral applicants must hold engineering appointments in an ABET accredited institution; and faculty from two-year colleges must teach STEM-related courses.
  • Faculty applicants must have held their appointment for five years or less.

Application Process

The ASSIST application will be available by April 15, 2017.

To apply for the ASSIST travel grant, each applicant must submit the following by August 15, 2017.

  • NSF Bio – A biographical sketch that adheres to NSF guidelines.
  • Statement of Interest - describe what you hope to gain by participating in the event and how the experience will benefit you and your career.
  • Statement of Diversity Contribution - describe your contributions to engineering diversity as well as your future diversity-related goals.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact SWE’s Senior Manager of Professional Programs Valerie Bland.

This project is based upon work partially supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1548200 and through the generosity of the Henry Luce Foundation, Inc.