Professional Development Microgrants

IDEA

Professional Development Microgrants

Our microgrants program provides funding specifically for the professional development of young minorities and women pursuing advanced degrees in geosciences and remote sensing who are members of a local or student GRSS chapter. These grants empower recipients to overcome some of the financial barriers to attaining an advanced degree and strengthen their ability to build a career in our fields of study.

Eligibility

You must be an IEEE GRSS member affiliated with a local or student chapter to be eligible. Funding preference will be given to attendance of IEEE GRSS organized or sponsored events and professional development activities, though we will consider other suggested activities such as similar research conferences or initiatives that Inspire, Develop, Empower, and Advance under-represented members in the larger international scientific community.

The GRSS IDEA professional development grants for young minorities/women pursuing advanced degrees can be used to:

  1. For chapters: IEEE GRSS Chapters may apply directly for micro-grants themselves for organizing activities that attract new student members and young professionals through increasing IEEE GRSS membership value, advance the professional development of their members, or support the attainment of advanced degrees in geoscience and remote sensing.
  2. For individuals: IEEE GRSS individual members may apply for micro-grants through their chapter or section representatives, for financial support to cover expenses or support activities that help them achieve a sense of empowerment, elevate their professional development through enriching experiences, overcome financial barriers. This may include attendance to specific scientific conferences and professional training, cover the costs of high-speed internet or support childcare for improving work from home conditions related to the pandemic, or acquire affordable personal computing devices. Individual grants are limited to 500 USD max per individual and must be submitted in coordination with their respective local chapter or section or conference (optional alternative in the case of an IEEE/GRSS conference).
  3. For GRSS: Other GRSS entities may apply for the organization of activities that openly promote diversity and inclusion for the society, strengthen the professional capacities of its members, advance STEM research, gain visibility as a society known for supporting the empowerment of young, diverse STEM professionals, increase membership value, base, and diversity.

Summary of the use of IEEE GRSS micro-grant funds: 

Grants would be generated specifically to benefit young minorities/women pursuing advanced degrees in a local or student GRSS chapter or section. We will give preference to attendance of IEEE GRSS sanctioned professional development activities, though will consider other suggested activities such as similar research conferences or initiatives that Inspire, Develop, Empower, and Advance under-represented members in the larger international scientific community (regional IGARSS but also open to other specific empowering, training, etc. activities).  In order to focus on benefitting disadvantaged young minorities/women pursuing advanced degrees, including those in developing countries and enable the provision of these grants before incurring expenses, efforts will be made towards awarding as much as possible of the grant funds in advance, depending on the stated purpose of the funds and chapter/section disbursement rules in the local area, region, or country.

How to Apply

In order to request grant funds for young minorities/women pursuing advanced degrees, proposals must be submitted to the IDEA committee by the member’s local IEEE/GRSS chapter or regional IEEE or GRSS section on behalf of the student or chapter using Form Annex 1. Submission must be sent to the IEEE GRSS IDEA committee at idea@grss.ieee.org.

To apply for a microgrant, your proposal must be submitted to the IDEA committee by your local/student or regional section IEEE GRSS chapter using Annex Form 1.

Social Media Publicity: 

All IEEE GRSS IDEA micro-grant recipients should accept the use of official social media accounts for your GRSS student chapter on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn (and Instagram, if you like) and assign a person to regularly post your GRSS student chapter events & activities, specifically as related to the use of the funds derived from this IDEA initiative.  You should have already also been connected you with our GRSS social media ambassadors who will share your posts on our official IEEE GRSS and IEEE Women in GRSS/IDEA accounts.  We also encourage you to join/follow the IEEE GRSS and IEEE Women in GRSS social media accounts yourselves: Twitter @IEEE_GRSS, @GRSS_IDEA, Facebook @GRSS.IDEA, LinkedIn (IEEEWINGRSS), GRSS WeChat account (IEEE GRSS), Instagram (@ieee_grss), YouTube (IEEEGRSS).

Post grant receipt reporting: 

After each professional development grants for young minorities/women pursuing advanced degrees disbursement and event attendance or expenditure, we want to hear how the funds were disbursed from the chapter and how event went and what was the experience of the recipient of the grant funds.

See Form Annex 2 to be used by the chapters and recipients regarding the specific disbursement details of the funds at the time of the professional development event or other funds disbursement.

See Form Annex 3 for the details on the inclusion of IEEE GRSS and WinGRSS/IDEA logo in the presentation, individual recipient photo at the event, funds acknowledgement phrase for use in publications and follow-up social media post suggestions.

2020 Recipient Highlights

Congratulations to our 2020 microgrant recipients for attending the M2GARSS regional conference and holding a WinGRSS and YP mixer event. Read more in the GRSM article here.

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