Early-Career Vocational Opportunities Workshops

The Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE) Council invites proposals for grants up to $3,000 to help support Society-sponsored Early-career Vocational Opportunities (EVO) Workshops. This is a new program conceived by the SSE Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC), and supported by the SSE Council, to provide valuable learning opportunities for Society graduate students and postdocs. The topic of the workshop can be anything and material can be presented in any format, as long as it is interactive and its content serves to provide foundational skills that are appropriate for early-career SSE members in the areas of conceptual understanding, data collection, data analysis, or professional development. Not all participants must be SSE members, but the organizing applicant must be and the workshop should appeal to SSE members in general. The workshop can take place at any time or location, but should be open to learners across large geographic areas.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants must provide a 2-3 page workshop proposal, uploaded as part of their application.

To apply, please complete the form here.

Workshop proposals should be a maximum of three pages and include:
(1) a synopsis of the workshop theme and learning goals;
(2) a tentative list of workshop instructors, including institutional affiliations and topics;
(3) a proposed location and date;
(4) a rationale for why the workshop topics and the group of instructors are particularly appropriate for a Society-sponsored workshop;
(5) a statement that potential instructors have been contacted and have agreed to participate in the development and presentation of the workshop;
(6) a detailed budget outlining the costs for conducting the workshop and details on other sources of funding; and
(7) a plan for evaluating the success of the workshop. If a similar workshop has been held before (especially by the proposed instructors), please describe when, where, approximate attendance, and any information about impact of this workshop that is available.

The SSE Workshop Selection Committee will evaluate proposals based upon the following criteria: (1) relevance to the study of evolution and to providing important, tangible skills to assist learners in this study; (2) the ability of the instructors and organizers to accomplish the goals of the workshop; and (3) evidence of, or potential for, positive impact on attendees. Proposals will also be evaluated on the degree to which they emphasize diversity at all levels (organizers to learners), including accounting for gender, nationality, and other aspects traditionally underrepresented in Society-sponsored events, and on the extent to which the training can be readily applied in the future (e.g., using open-source materials or software). Budgets can include direct workshop costs, travel support for organizers and instructors, and financial aid to help offset attendance costs; typical budget requests from SSE per proposal are expected to be $1,000-$3,000.

The Workshop Selection Committee will select proposals on a rolling basis for funding based upon budgetary allocations, and SSE expects to award 3-5 workshops each year. All applicants will be notified of the Committee’s decision within 30 days, but are encouraged to submit proposals well in advance of the proposed workshop.


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