Cottrell Scholars

LEAD Award

LEAD (Leadership Enrichment And Development) Award

The LEAD award supports unique leadership advancement opportunities of potential high impact. Leadership advancement opportunities may include (but are not restricted to) organizing leadership workshops or sessions at professional meetings, attending leadership training, or pursuing sabbatical opportunities that include leadership advancement components.  The size of the award and thus the budget request may vary depending on proposed activity but, should not exceed $25K.


Applicants must be at least 6 years beyond the year of their Cottrell Scholar award. For the 2016 competition, eligibility will be limited to Cottrell Scholars who received their award in 2010 or earlier. Eligibility is limited to one LEAD application per Cottrell Scholar per year.

Application Process and Deadline

Applicants must provide a two-page description of the proposed leadership advancement activities and an itemized budget.  No special forms are required. Potential high impact will be a key criterion for selection of a LEAD award. Applications are due by close of business on November 1, 2016. Proposals must be submitted electronically as pdf files to RCSA Program Director Silvia Ronco at LEAD awards will be announced in March 2017.

Selection Process

A selection committee composed of members of the RCSA scientific staff reviews applications and makes recommendations to the RCSA President.  Final selection is approved by members of the RCSA Board of Directors.

LEAD Awardee:
Cottrell Scholar Adam Urbach Receives a 2016 LEAD Award

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