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ASM-UNESCO Leadership Grant for International Educators

This new program, sponsored jointly by ASM and UNESCO, has been developed to enable a select group of educators from resource-limited countries to attend the ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE) and a pre-conference workshop to provide leaders in education with the resources to build innovative teaching modules that engage students and lead to enduring understandings in microbiology.

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Program Description:

The objective of this program is to provide educational leaders from resource-limited countries with training in the latest developments in microbiology education in order to improve microbiology education in their home country.

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Participants will receive training through a three pronged approach:

  • Participants will attend a half-day interactive leadership training workshop that will demonstrate how to use ASM resources to build innovative teaching modules that engage students and lead to enduring understandings in microbiology.
  • Participants will join a community of approximately 300 microbiology and biology educators at the ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE), a three-day forum for undergraduate faculty providing scientific and education professional development through plenary sessions, discussion and working groups, posters, and exhibits.
  • The ASMCUE features an exchange of best practices and largest challenges in teaching.
  • Participants will join a one-year virtual Learning Community that will continue to provide training and assistance after returning to their institutions.


  • Preference will be given to ASM members.
  • Applicants must be a citizen of, and residing in, a resource-limited country in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Central and Eastern Europe.
  • Resource-limited countries are classified as upper-middle income and below by the World Bank Development Group.
  • Participants must have a minimum of eight years teaching in microbiology/biology at a university level.
  • Regular and sustained access to the Internet
  • Members of the ASM International Board, International Education Committee, International Membership Committee, International Laboratory Capacity Building Committee, and the ASM International Ambassador Network are not eligiblefor this program.

    Review Process:

  • Applications will be separated into four program regions: Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Central and Eastern Europe.
  • Applications will be scored by a Review Committee consisting of both ASM and UNESCO volunteers.
  • The Review Committee will be comprised of volunteers with a strong understanding of microbiology education in resource-limited countries.
  • Two candidates from each region will be selected to participate in the program.


    A complete application must include:

  • Cover form
  • Current CV with pertinent information related to this program (maximum of 3 pages)
  • Responses to essay questions (maximum of 3 pages);
  • Two Letters of Support describing: 1) the relationship to the applicant; 2) the applicant’s commitment to improving microbiology education in his/her country; 3) the applicant’s capacity to effectively transmit the knowledge gained during the program to colleagues in his/her country of residence.

    Selection Criteria:

  • Demonstrated commitment to improving microbiology education
  • Leadership capacity to transmit knowledge to colleagues in home country
  • Institutional commitment to improving microbiology education
  • Incomplete applications or applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.


  • Successful applicants will receive financial support to cover airfare (economy class), room, board and registration to the pre-conference workshop and ASMCUE.
  • Participants will be reimbursed for airfare via wire transfer upon submission of a confirmed invoice.
  • Room, board and registration will be arranged by ASM.

    Reporting Requirements:

  • An initial report must be submitted to the ASM department of International Affairs within six weeks of the completion of the ASMCUE.
  • Additional reports must be submitted six and twelve months after the completion of ASMCUE describing efforts to transmit the knowledge gained during the program to colleagues in the participant’s country.

    Applications must be submitted to ASM International Affairs via email at: international[at]

    Application Deadline: December 1

For more information and application, visit: ASM-UNESCO Leadership Grant For International Educators Website