In October 2001, ASTC’s Board launched a field-wide Equity and Diversity Initiative to attempt to bring balance in the disparity between the diversity of our society and the diversity of professional staff, audience, and board members of the science center field. The primary activity for addressing this disparity is the ASTC Diversity and Leadership Development Fellows Program, originally designed to support the professional growth and retention of professionals of color currently working in the field. In response to the ever-changing nature of equity and diversity issues, eligibility criteria have been expanded to include individuals with disabilities and LGBT professionals, as well as applicants from racial/ethnic minorities.
To date, more than 160 science center professionals from nearly 90 science centers and museums in the United States and Canada have participated in the program.
Award information: Fellows receive free conference registration and a stipend of up to $1,000.00 to cover conference-related travel, lodging, and meals. Stipend is disbursed upon timely submission of all original receipts and required forms.
Eligibility: Individuals who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply to the program:
- Identifies with one or more of the following underrepresented groups: racial/ethnic minority, LGBT or person with a disability
- Has been employed at present institution full-time for at least one year
- Holds a mid-level management position (i.e., non-entry level)
- Demonstrates a desire to advance her/his career in the science center/museum field
- Expresses an interest in supporting equity and diversity in the science center/museum field
- NEW Fellows: Has not attended an ASTC Annual Conference in the past three years
- ALUMNI Fellows: Did not receive alumni fellowship in the previous year, and has/will participate as a speaker in an ASTC Annual Conference session.
Selection: A panel of reviewers familiar with the science center profession and diversity issues will review the applications. Based on evidence that the applicant is committed to promoting equity and diversity, has a long-term vision of her/himself in the science center field, and is at a place careerwise where he or she will benefit from this experience, the panel will select the winners.
2017 applications will be available in April; download a sample application below.
Contact: Ann Hernandez, 202-783-7200 x126,