ESA Annual Meeting Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship
Now Accepting Nominations for 2023
Due Date: March 3, 2023
The ESA Annual Meeting Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship was created to support speakers who bring diverse perspectives to the ESA annual meeting at the interface of science, education, communication, policy and community. They are offered to those who will conduct workshops, trainings, or deliver talks at sessions that have been accepted by the ESA Meetings Program and subject to availability of funds. Awardees must be new to ESA and who might not otherwise attend on their own resources.
Please note that nominations can ONLY be submitted by current ESA members who are:
- Lead Organizers of Symposia, Organized Orals, Inspire, Special Sessions, Workshops ~ OR ~
- Chairs of ESA Committees, Sections and Chapters
Please review details and FAQs below.
Congratulations to Past Diversity and Inclusion Scholars
Awardees for the ESA Annual Meeting Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship
Frequently Asked Questions are posted below.
Award (Details subject to change based on health conditions)
The Scholarship is intended to cover: 1) the ESA Annual Meeting one day or full conference registration fee; 2) a complimentary ESA membership, 3) a ticket to the Diversity Luncheon and 4) a ticket to the Diversity Forum during the meeting. Nominees are strongly encouraged to attend the Diversity Forum and Luncheon. Participants from the ESA Annual Meeting location are especially welcome to be nominated. Activities associated with this award are subject to change based on the health conditions due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The scholarship is intended to recognize significant contributions by individuals new to ESA who work in the field to generate a broader appreciation of ecology as a science and who can enrich the exchange of ideas and perspectives at the ESA meeting. In this spirit, nominees for the award may:
- come from any sector related to science, communication and education: academia, non-government organizations, industries, or other independent entities,
- are not previously ESA members and who would not attend the ESA meeting without this support.
Participation at ESA Meeting
In addition to the scheduled talk, session or other activity accepted by ESA, scholarship recipients are expected to participate in at least one other activity during the ESA meeting. This may be a section or chapter meeting , a special session or workshop or the Diversity Forum and Diversity Luncheon, where we hope nominees will have the opportunity to interact with other attendees and share their perspectives.
The scholarship will be awarded to engender diversity of race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, presence of disabilities, and educational background.
Who Can Submit Nominations
Nominations can ONLY be submitted by current ESA members who are:
- Lead Organizers of Symposia, Organized Orals, Inspire, Special Sessions, Workshops, Short Courses ~ OR ~
- Chairs of ESA Committees, Sections and Chapters
Nominators are expected to attend the ESA meeting and committed to enhancing the participation of the nominee during the meeting.
The nomination form will require the following information:
- Name, Position, Affiliation of Nominator
- Name of Nominator’s Section, Chapter or Committee if applicable
- Name, Position, Affiliation of Nominee
- A brief description of the Nominee’s work
- The title and description of the scheduled talk, session or other activity by the nominee and its significance to ESA, how it is aligned with the purpose, eligibility, and/or criteria of the Award
- How the nominee would participate in the Annual Meeting beyond the scheduled talk, session or other activity? Please propose at least one additional activity that the nominee might be involved in. This may be confirmed later when the program is available.
- How the nominee might benefit from participating at ESA
- Any planned or potential follow up by the nominator after the meeting; and
- The nominator’s role in facilitating any of the above and the role of others if applicable.
To be considered, please submit nominations via this online form by March 3, 2023. Nominations received after this date will be considered on a rolling basis as funds are available. Scholarships are expected to be announced by early April.
Scholarship Award Chair
Chair, Diversity Committee
Difficulties with Submission?
Please contact: Teresa Mourad,
Director of Education and Diversity Programs
1. Will it be possible to propose new sessions in this process?
No, nominations must reference sessions that have already been accepted by ESA. Notification dates for:
- Inspire, Organized Oral Sessions and Symposia – January 6, 2022
Special Sessions, Workshops, Short Courses – February 3, 2022
2. Who are eligible? Can nominees be co-authors?
Nominees MUST be new to ESA and have never been an ESA member before. Yes, they may be co-authors. Nominees must be at the interface of science, education, communication, policy and community and meet other criteria specified above.
3. Are self-nominations allowed?
No. All speakers must be nominated by current ESA members who are:
- Lead Organizers of Symposia, Organized Orals, Inspire, Field Trips, Special Sessions, Workshops ~ OR ~
- Active members of ESA Committees, Sections and Chapters
4. Will the Award cover travel expenses?
No. The award will only cover conference registration, ESA membership, a ticket to the Diversity Forum on Wednesday and a ticket to the Diversity Luncheon on Thursday.
5. What types of additional activities could nominees participate in?
Since the purpose of the award is to encourage ESA members to gain insights into the interface of science, education, communication, policy and community, we would like nominees to participate in other activities such as business meetings of sections or chapters as well as other workshops or special sessions. This may be determined at a later stage after the Meeting program is available. If appropriate, your nominee may also be invited to speak at the Diversity Luncheon or to play a role in the Diversity Forum. Please contact Teresa Mourad gro.asenull@aseret if you would like to discuss additional opportunities.