KSU External Mentor Program 2021-2022

The current application period has closed. 

To further develop KSU’s newer faculty members who have great potential for research, the Office of Research’s Research Development and Strategic Initiatives is piloting an External Mentor Program during the 2021-2022 academic year. The goals of this program are to develop and support KSU’s early career researchers, strengthen relationships between KSU and other institutions, and align with various funding opportunities that require applicants to have established mentors, such as the NIH SURE First mechanism.

What is the External Mentor Program?

The External Mentoring Program will provide up to 10 KSU faculty members an opportunity to develop a mentoring relationship with an established scholar/researcher from an outside institution. Each KSU faculty member will receive up to $5,000 for the year to cover a small stipend for the mentor and/or travel expenses for the mentor/mentee to visit respective institutions.

The overall outcome of participating in the External Mentor Program is that each KSU faculty participant must submit a large external grant before June 30, 2023. This can include the KSU faculty as the PI, co-PI, or as a subaward (if the mentor’s institution is the lead institution).

Who is Eligible?

KSU Faculty Eligibility

External Mentor Eligibility

  • Considered an expert in their field
  • From a research-intensive institution located in the United States
  • Strong history of external funding
  • Strong history of successfully mentoring junior faculty and early career researchers
  • External mentor cannot be the KSU faculty member’s graduate advisor or dissertation chair

Selection Process

Deans and ADRs are encouraged to identify appropriate faculty in their college to participate in this program.

Application packet should include:

  1. Faculty statement addressing:
    1. Name of Faculty
    2. College and Department
    3. Number of years at KSU
    4. Research area and expertise
  2. 150 word abstract or summary explaining research scope. Also, please include a list of publications and/or funding awards specifically related to this research.
  3. List of potential external funding targets along with funding amounts and due dates (please include links to funding announcements).
  4. Current CV.
  5. Brief plan for securing an external mentor. If you have specific mentor(s) in mind, please list their names, affiliations, expertise, and how you know then. If you don’t’ have a specific mentor in mind, please include your plan for contacting and selecting them.


September 27, 2021 – All applications are due to researchdev@kennesaw.edu by 11:59 p.m.

October 4, 2021 – Recipients are announced

October/November 2021 – External mentors should be identified and confirmed

October 5, 2021 until June 30, 2022 – External Mentor Program time period

June 30, 2023 – an external grant must be submitted by this date

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Evelina Sterling, Director of Research Development and Strategic Initiatives at esterlin@kennesaw.edu or Amanda DesLauriers, Assistant Director of Research Development and Strategic Initiatives at adeslaur@kennesaw.edu.