Join an elite group of Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars from around the world to take the next steps in your leadership journey. Learn how to apply and submit your application for the 2022 CAS Future Leaders program starting December 6, 2021!
Why You Should Apply: Advance Your Career and Make Meaningful Impacts in Science.
The CAS Future Leaders program awards early-career scientists with leadership training and a trip to the ACS National Meeting & Exposition, one of the most respected scientific meetings in the world.
Invaluable networking opportunities with peer scientists and renowned leaders
Inspiration from science-industry thought leaders, entrepreneurs and professional communicators
Exclusive leadership training and access to the expertise behind CAS SciFindern, the world’s premier scientific information solution
2022 Program Benefits
Expense-paid trip to CAS Headquarters in Columbus, Ohio
August 15-20, 2022
Expense-paid trip to ACS Fall 2022 in Chicago, Illinois
August 21-25, 2022
1-year CAS SciFindern access
3-year ACS membership
Profile featured in C&EN (2018 and 2019 articles)
Complimentary registration for the National Meeting
NEW! Opportunity to present your research at the National Meeting
NEW! Complimentary registration for an ACS Professional and Leadership Development course at the National Meeting
NEW! Lifetime membership in the CAS Future Leaders Alumni Community
“Beyond learning life lessons and skills from top leaders in the chemical industry, participating in Future Leaders gave me the opportunity to connect with inspiring scientists from all over the world, creating strong friendships with remarkable individuals who continue to be a source of support and motivation long after finishing the program.”
—César A. Urbina-Blanco (2018), C&EN
“For a group of young scientists, strangers to one another, working in such diverse areas of chemical sciences, we connected on a level that no one had ever expected.”
—Felicia Lim (2018), CAS Blog
“Being part of the Future Leaders transforms your life. You never forget the moment you get that email from CAS. But more importantly, you never forget the people you meet during the program.”
—Fernando Gomollon Bel (2014), CAS Blog
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I eligible to apply?
You must be a current Ph.D. student (or plan to be enrolled in a Ph.D. program in 2022) or postdoctoral scholar in chemistry or related science, with a working knowledge of multiple research information tools.
How do you define “postdoctoral scholar”?
We broadly define postdoctoral scholars as those who are in an early period of mentored training following the completion of their doctoral studies.
Join our global network of Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars in chemistry and related sciences.
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2020 CAS Future Leaders
Due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we postponed the 2020 CAS Future Leaders program (and cancelled the 2021 program). Our goal for the 2020 class is to provide the safest and best possible virtual and in-person experience early next year in conjunction with ACS Spring 2022.
The 2020 CAS Future Leaders were selected among hundreds of applicants and represent 18 countries and a wide array of scientific disciplines. Congratulations to our 2020 class:
Shuangshuang Chen, Tongji University, China
Camila Manoel Crnkovic, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Carina Isabel Correia Crucho, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
Maria Emilia Dueñas, Newcastle University, United Kingdom
Parinaz Fathi, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States
Aurelien Forget, Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg, Germany
Fun Man Fung, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Carol Hua, University of Melbourne, Australia
David Chukwuma Izuogu, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Safia Jilani, Georgetown University, United States
Pamela Johnson, University of Kansas, United States
Yu Kitazawa, Shinshu University, Japan
Johnny W. Lee, Stony Brook University, United States
Caitlin E. Miron, McGill University, Canada
Monica L. Ohnsorg, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, United States
Nicholas Orchanian, University of Southern California, United States
Fatemeh Ostadhossein, Stanford University, United States
Rebecca Pinals, University of California, Berkeley, United States
Cassandra Reese, Los Alamos National Laboratory, United States
Andrew S. Rosen, Northwestern University, United States
Ekundayo Stephen Samuel, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Mohit Saraf, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India
Nadja A. Simeth, University of Groningen, Netherlands
Makeda Tekle-Smith, Princeton University, United States
Zachary Thammavongsy, Chapman University, United States
Agnes Eva Thorarinsdottir, Harvard University, United States
Joshua Tropp, University of Southern Mississippi, United States
Rosa Vásquez, University of Michigan, United States
Juliana Ladeira Vidal, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
Jonathan Wojciechowski, Imperial College London, United Kingdom