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):

   -- Funding to shadow an extraordinary leader (e.g. President) for a specified amount of time on another campus;

   -- Funding to hire an executive coach; 

   -- Funding to attend leadership conferences or training to prepare you, the applicant, for a new leadership role;

   -- Funding to organize a leadership development symposium/workshop at a national meeting;

   -- Funding for a PI and a small team to visit a successful research, educational or outreach program

          in preparation for a possible new program to be conducted at their institution;

   -- Funding to engage in a month as a visiting professor with commitment from the hosting institution

           to support networking activities intended to lead to collaborations or research centers in the U.S.;

    --  Funding to intern for one month at a non-profit organization with the purpose of developing leadership skills.

The size of the award (and thus the budget request) may vary depending on proposed activity but should not exceed $25K. The LEAD award does not support travel with the primary purpose of conducting research activities.


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 Awardees

2017 LEAD Award Goes to Rory Waterman, Chemistry, UVM

Cottrell Scholar Adam Urbach Receives a 2016 LEAD Award

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