AISES Engineering ASSIST Travel Grant

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) along with other minority professional engineering society partners was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to increase the diversification of the engineering professorate.  To realize this goal, AISES will engage Native American early-career faculty, post-doctoral professionals, and graduate students in all engineering fields.  This engagement will support participant professional development and expansion of their professional networks. 

With the support of the ASSIST grant, AISES will be able to bring together up to 40 engineering early-career faculty, post-doctoral professionals, and graduate students at the AISES National Conferences for the next four years.  At the National Conference, AISES will deliver professional development workshops on a variety of topics from understanding academic career opportunities, demystifying promotion and tenure, to grant proposal writing and review process, as well as navigating academia as Native people and engineers.  To provide these opportunities, AISES will engage Native academic leaders and federal funding agencies to support the success and persistence of diversity in the engineering academic career pathways.

The seven partner organizations of the ASSIST grant are:
  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
  • Great Minds in STEM (GMiS)
  • MAES, Latinos in Science and Engineering (MAES)
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  • SACNAS, Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

Travel Funding to the AISES National Conference  

Awards will cover expenses incurred traveling to and attending the AISES National Conference up to $2,000.  Eligible expenses include round-trip airfare, lodging, and conference registration. Any remaining funds, after those items are paid, may be used for other associated travel costs and/or meals.  AISES will only provide lodging for four (4) nights on November 18, 19, 20, and 21, 2015. Participant travel days will be Wednesday, November 18 and Sunday, November 22, 2015.


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

  • 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.
  • Post-doctoral applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in engineering no more than 48 months prior to their application.
  • Graduate students must be working on their Ph.D. in an engineering field, be in good standing, and be enrolled as full-time students.
Application Instructions

To apply for an ASSIST travel grant to attend the AISES National Conference in Phoenix, AZ from November 19-21 click:

Application Deadline: October 22, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. MDT. Applicants will be notified no later than October 29th.

Applications must include the following:
  • A NSF Biographical Sketch, for instructions please click HERE
  • Statement of Interest – this statement should describe what the applicant hopes to gain by participating in the conference and how the experience will benefit them and their career.
  • Statement of Diversity Contribution – this statement should describe the applicant’s contributions to engineering diversity as well as their future diversity-related goals.

AISES only accepts applications submitted online via our online scholarship platform,  If you have any questions about the NSF ASSIST grant please contact Kathy DeerInWater, If you have questions about using the online scholarship platform, please contact Melanee Stevens,

About the American Indian Science and Engineering Society:

The mission of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is to substantially increase the representation of American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, First Nations and other indigenous peoples of North America in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) studies and careers. To realize its mission, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society nurtures community building by bridging science and technology with traditional Native American values.

AISES was founded in 1977 by a group of American Indian scientists and engineers. AISES is the only professional society established by and for Native people that specifically emphasizes lifelong learning and educational achievement by integrating Indigenous cultural aspects within STEM. Through the quality and reach of its programs and the longevity and devoted commitment of its “family,” AISES is the undisputed leader in STEM opportunity in Indian Country. The AISES family includes: 186 college and university chapters, 134 professional chapters, 170 affiliated K-12 schools enrolling more than 55,000 Native American students, and nearly 3,500 current members from over 200 tribal nations.

AISES employs a "full circle of support" model that begins with precollege programs, progresses into collegiate life, and then into the professional years of members and on into retirement. AISES offers scholarships, professional development, mentoring, networking, and community service programs and initiatives for American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians from K-12 through graduate school and for teachers of Native students. AISES builds partnerships with tribes, schools, universities, other nonprofit organizations, corporations, foundations, and government agencies to realize its goals.