Future Leaders FAQ

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 2022) 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 6, 2021 Call for applications opens
January 16, 2022 Call for applications closes
March 2022 Selection announcement
August 15-20, 2022 CAS Future Leaders in Columbus, OH
August 21-25, 2022 ACS Fall 2022 in Chicago, IL

What are the primary application requirements?
You must provide the following documents:

  • Essay
  • Curriculum vitae or résumé
  • Letter of recommendation

To submit your application, you also must agree to the CAS Future Leaders Terms & Conditions.

What should my essay include?
Your 500- to 1,000-word essay should describe:

  • Your current research projects and future goals
  • The value of CAS 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. Tables/figures and references do not count against the word limit. You may include up to 2 tables/figures.

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 CollectionTM.

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 2022.

What travel-related expenses are covered by CAS?
CAS will arrange and pay for:

  • Air travel to Columbus, ACS National Meeting & Expo and home
  • Hotel stays in Columbus and ACS National Meeting & Expo 
  • 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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