Call for Mentor Applications
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the grant proposal deadline?
The deadline is COB local time, Thursday, June 24, 2021. The complete application package should be uploaded electronically in a single file in PDF format through www.aacc.nche.edu/mentorlinks.
Who is eligible to apply to be a Mentor for the MentorLinks program?
Community college employees; individuals closely aligned with community college STEM programs, such as retired professionals, consultants, or industry advisory board members.
Do Mentors receive compensation for their time?
Mentors are required to keep track of time spent on the MentorLinks program. They receive an honorarium of up to $10,000 at $500 per day for a total of 20 work days for the grant period.
Are travel costs for the Mentor covered by the grant?
AACC will cover the costs for the Mentor to conduct a site visit to their mentee college and to attend two national MentorLinks project meetings and ATE National Principal Investigators’ Conferences currently scheduled to take place in Washington, DC (as permissible). The dates of the project meetings and conferences are October 25 – 28, 2022; and October 24 – 27, 2023.
Mentors are also asked to attend a half-day, virtual MentorLinks Mentor Team training and orientation meeting on Friday, September 17, 2021; a virtual project meeting with the full MentorLinks cohort on October 14-15, 2021, followed by participation in a virtual track of the 2021 ATE Principal Investigators’ Conference on October 20-22.
What about travel costs involved with hosting a MentorLinks College at the Mentor’s institution or affiliated institution?
Mentee colleges will budget for this travel in their own MentorLinks grants.
Who are the MentorLinks Colleges?
MentorLinks Colleges will be selected in a separate national award competition. MentorLinks is designed for community colleges seeking to improve technical education programs in the science, technology, engineering, or mathematics fields.
Can I choose who my MentorLinks College will be?
No. AACC will assign each Mentor to a MentorLinks College after the awards have been made. A number of factors will influence pairing decisions, including program discipline, expertise, and geography.
How many Mentors will be selected for the MentorLinks project?
Up to 10 Mentors will be selected to be part of the AACC MentorLinks Team.
How many community colleges will be selected for the MentorLinks project?
Up to 10 community colleges will be selected to be part of the MentorLinks program.
What is the application review process?
Applications will be evaluated in a peer-review process, with additional input from AACC and its partners.
When will I hear if I have been accepted as Mentor?
Mentors will be notified of their acceptance into the program and of their college mentees in by August 2, 2021.