AIS Ephraim McLean Student Membership Scholarship Program
The AIS Ephraim McLean Student Membership Scholarship program fund, first established by the AIS Council in March 2019, serves as a mechanism to sponsor AIS memberships for Doctoral Students from countries classified with Medium or Low UN Human Development Index ratings. The initial funding source for the program was an online fundraising by a group of generous Information Systems scholars spearheaded and created by Jason Thatcher, Past AIS President. The fund was renamed in December 2019 to recognize the significant contributions of Ephraim McLean to the vision, formation and ongoing support of AIS’s membership services that compliment the association’s conference delivery. McLean is a founding member of AIS and served as AIS’ Executive Director for 10 years.
The program will grant up to four one-year Doctoral Student memberships each year in support of PhD students at universities in countries classified with Medium or Low UN Human Development Index ratings. The memberships include complete access to all regular AIS membership programs and services including the eLibrary, educational resources, and career services. The scholarship does not provide for dues for related SIGs, Chapters, or Colleges.
The application process will be posted in January of each year, applications will be due no later than April 1, and final decisions will be announced no later than April 30. Applicants will be alerted to final decisions by the Vice President of Membership. AIS membership staff will apply the membership for the individual scholarship winner and will notify the recipient when access to AIS membership programs and services has been enabled. The recipient of this scholarship may not submit an application in subsequent years.
The AIS Vice President of Membership and Chapters and the AIS Membership Committee will make the final selection of AIS Student Membership Scholarship winners. Candidates should be enrolled in Doctoral Programs majoring in Information Systems from universities located in Medium or Low HDI countries. Candidates will also be evaluated on their progression in their doctoral program.
Use of Information
Winners of the scholarship must agree to allow AIS to use their names, university affiliations, and paper titles in corresponding news items to alert membership of the awards.